The Iowa State Fair Has Goat Yoga, a 600-pound Cow Made of Butter, and 69 Different Foods on a Stick
Iowa State Fair organizers estimate The Butter Cow could butter about 19,200 slices of toast.
Apple pie on a stick, chicken in a waffle on a stick, peanut butter and jelly on a stick, and deep fried pecan pie topped with caramel and bacon – you guessed it — on a stick.
These are just a few of the 69 different foods you can eat in stick form at the Iowa State Fair, an annual tradition that draws more than 1 million people.
The state fair, which was first held in 1854 and is open this year through Aug. 18, is one of the longest held and largest of its kind in the country, according to organizers. And it’s in this vein that the fair has become a major campaign stop for candidates for political office.
But even beyond the campaigns, deep-fried Twinkies, and smoothies-on-a-stick, the Iowa State Fair has something for everyone.
Find your zen with goat yoga, pairing downward dog with some baby goats (and trust us, there’s nothing cuter than being licked by a newborn goat). Joining in the sun salutations are other baby animals, including ducks, piglets, and chicks.
Keep the animal theme going with The Butter Cow — for the record, not a real cow — a fair tradition since the first one was sculpted in 1911. Made up of about 600 pounds of low-moisture, pure cream Iowa butter (with a wood, metal, wire, and steel mesh frame), organizers estimate the cow would butter about 19,200 slices of toast.
After admiring the butter — and maybe detoxing with a salad-on-a-stick since everything is better in stick form — head to the Grandstand where you can catch concerts like Luke Bryan, The Chainsmokers, Zac Brown Band, and Hootie & the Blowfish. While admission to the fair is only $12 for adults, tickets to Grandstand concerts are extra.
Later, go for a ride on the Tilt A Whirl or ram into your friends and family from the bumper cars as no day at a state fair would be complete without them.
The fair grounds, in Des Moines, are the perfect place from which to explore the Midwestern city’s quirky T-shirt shops, vintage arcade games, and wineries. From thrilling rides to outrageous food combinations, this is what a day at the Iowa State Fair looks like.