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State Historical Society of Iowa

State Fair Historical Walking Tour

Enjoy this tour as you explore the fairgrounds, learn about Iowa history and get some exercise -- all at the same time. Being physically active is one of the most important steps that people of all ages and abilities can take to improve their health, and walking is an excellent way to increase physical activity. The fairgrounds span about 445 acres, so it’s a great place to get moving! The State Historical Society of Iowa is proud to present this tour in partnership with the Healthiest State Initiative.

The 2023 tour will take place on August 10 and will start at 8:15 a.m. near the Administration Building on the Grand Concourse and finish about 45 minutes later at the fair's opening ceremony. Guides from the State Historical Society of Iowa will make several stops at historic sites along the way.

The walking route is approximately 1 kilometer, or about 1,500 steps for an average walker.