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Iowa State Fairgrounds

  • Overview
    With more than a dozen major buildings and exhibit facilities, acres of parking and a full-time planning staff, the Iowa State Fairgrounds is a complete, year-round meeting and exposition center. For example, the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center is a state-of-the-art, climate controlled indoor arena offering the versatility to host events ranging from livestock shows to intimate concerts.
  • Amenities
    Sports Facilities
    Multi-Sport Ability
    • Multi - AC:
    • Multi - Ceiling Height: 30
    • Multi - Fixed Seating:
    • Multi - Onsite Meeting Room:
    • Multi - Other Sport Capabilities: Wrestling, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Dance, Equine Sports
    • Multi - Total Square Footage: 110000
    Volleyball
    • Volleyball - AC:
    • Volleyball - Ceiling Height: 20
    • Volleyball - Floor Surface: 110,000 sq ft
    Wrestling
    • Wrestling - # of 42x42 Mats: 12
    • Wrestling - Seating Capacity: 3500
  • Meeting Facilities
    Facility Info
    Meeting Rooms
    • Largest Room 110400
    • Total Sq. Ft. 315000
    • Reception Capacity 10000
    • Theatre Capacity 10000
    • 10 X 10 Booths 400
    • Outside Catering? true
    • Wireless Internet Available? true
    • Banquet Capacity 7500
    • Number of Rooms 14
    • Classroom Capacity 4500
    Varied Industries Building
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 110400
    • Width: 480
    • Length: 230
    • Height: 14
    • Booth Capacity: 400
    • Theater Capacity: 10000
    • Classroom Capacity: 4500
    • Banquet Capacity: 7500
    Varied Industries Building Conference Center Upper level
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 8000
    • Width: 198
    • Length: 52
    • Height: 12
    • Booth Capacity: 40
    • Theater Capacity: 800
    • Classroom Capacity: 400
    • Banquet Capacity: 600
    • Reception Capacity: 150
    4-H Exhibits Building
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 43000
    • Width: 165
    • Length: 262
    • Height: 20
    • Booth Capacity: 180
    • Theater Capacity: 2500
    • Classroom Capacity: 1500
    • Banquet Capacity: 2000
    • Reception Capacity: 4000
    Grandstand
    • Width: 605
    • Length: 116
    • Height: 15
    Youth Inn
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 11818
    • Width: 110
    • Length: 150
    • Height: 20
    • Booth Capacity: 30
    • Theater Capacity: 700
    • Classroom Capacity: 600
    Livestock Pavilion
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 46776
    • Width: 170
    • Length: 120
    • Height: 30
    Walnut Center
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 7000
    • Width: 65
    • Length: 107
    • Height: 14
    • Booth Capacity: 35
    • Theater Capacity: 775
    • Classroom Capacity: 400
    • Banquet Capacity: 575
    • Reception Capacity: 750
    Cattle Barn
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 153276
    • Width: 318
    • Length: 482
    • Height: 18
    • Theater Capacity: 700
    Horse Barn
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 90272
    • Width: 434
    • Length: 208
    • Height: 18
    Swine Barn
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 184096
    • Width: 352
    • Length: 523
    • Height: 15
    Sheep Barn
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 142000
    • Width: 230
    • Length: 615
    • Height: 15
    Elwell Family Food Center
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 15000
    • Width: 100
    • Length: 150
    • Height: 24
    • Booth Capacity: 75
    • Theater Capacity: 1660
    • Classroom Capacity: 855
    • Banquet Capacity: 1250
    • Reception Capacity: 1570
    Jacobson Exhibition Center
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 32000
    • Width: 250
    • Length: 125
    • Height: 30
    • Booth Capacity: 150
    • Theater Capacity: 3400
    • Classroom Capacity: 1750
    • Banquet Capacity: 2500
    • Reception Capacity: 6800
    Animal Learning Center
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 17280
    • Width: 180
    • Length: 96
    • Height: 22
    • Booth Capacity: 85
    • Theater Capacity: 1800
    • Classroom Capacity: 950
    • Banquet Capacity: 1400
    • Reception Capacity: 2000
    Agriculture Building
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 29000
    • Width: 100
    • Length: 290
    • Height: 25
    • Booth Capacity: 72
    • Theater Capacity: 1600
    • Classroom Capacity: 825
    • Banquet Capacity: 1200
    • Reception Capacity: 3000
    Jacobsen Exhibition Center indoor warm-up area
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 18000
    • Width: 200
    • Length: 90
    • Height: 30
    Jacobsen Exhibition Conference Area
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 966
    • Width: 42
    • Length: 33
    • Theater Capacity: 100
    • Classroom Capacity: 50
    • Banquet Capacity: 72
    Jacobsen Exhibition/VIP area/Upper Level
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 2200
    • Width: 70
    • Length: 30
    • Theater Capacity: 175
    • Classroom Capacity: 90
    • Banquet Capacity: 130
    Varied Industries Building Meeting Rooms Four (4) Rooms A-D
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 2000
    • Width: 50
    • Length: 40
    • Height: 12
    • Booth Capacity: 10
    • Theater Capacity: 175
    • Classroom Capacity: 100
    • Banquet Capacity: 150
    Stalling Barn
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 36400
    • Width: 260
    • Length: 140
    Outdoor Arena
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 19100
    • Width: 191
    • Length: 100
  • Events

    Dates vary between September 25, 2020 - October 11, 2020

    Taste of the Fair!

    July 24: 4-9pm; July 25: 11am-9pm; July 26: 11am-6pm; July 31: 4-9pm; Aug 1: 11am-9pm; Aug 2: 11am-6pm

    Iowa State Fairgrounds

    August 12, 2021 - August 22, 2021

    Iowa State Fair/2021

    Iowa State Fairgrounds

  • Location
    3000 E Grand Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50317