Visiting the Iowa State Fair

It's that time of year again!

It’s that time of year again!


Are you and your family thinking about making a trip down to the Iowa State Fair this month? The Iowa State Fair is a great way to have some fun with the family before the new school year begins.

If you are planning on heading to the Fair, it is important that you first understand the cost of going and experiencing all that the Fair has to offer. Consider these costs before making the trip to Des Moines:

  1. Admission – Purchasing your admission tickets at the gate is the most expensive way to buy tickets for the Fair. You can save 30% by buying your tickets ahead of time online. If you plan to attend the fair every day that it is open, a punch card is the way to go to save on admission costs. Also, be aware of the themed days at the Fair that offer discounted prices. For example, the Canned Food Drive is on Tuesday the 18th and you can get a three dollar discount on an admission ticket for bringing in just two cans of food.
  2. Food – The Iowa State Fair is known for its wacky, yet delicious, food options. It is a part of Fair tradition to try these fun foods, but it can be very expensive to buy food at the Fair. Check out the Iowa State Fair’s website for a list of food options and select ahead of time the one or two foods you want to try. Once at the Fair, only eat the food items you have selected.
  3. Rides – The Fair offers all sorts of rides, activities and exhibits. Again, explore the Iowa State Fair’s website to get an idea of what will be offered this year so that you can choose just the one or two activities you and your family really want to do. This will help you avoid purchasing a ticket for an activity and then later finding an activity that you wish you would have done instead.
  4. Parking – Unfortunately, this one is hard to avoid! If you are willing to walk, your best bet for cheaper parking is probably going to be further away you get from the fairgrounds.

From all of us at Titonka Savings Bank, we hope that you and your family have a great time at the Fair this month!