Guided tours around the state fairgrounds will be available when the 2015 State Fair begins August 13.
Museums often offer audio tours and now anyone with a smart phone will be able to plug into one of four different audio tours of the Iowa State Fair.
“Everyone has their favorites that they visit at the Iowa State Fair and we are challenging people in 2015 to take a tour and find a new path,” says Mindy Williamson, the marketing director for the State Fair.
Each tour has six stops. One is all about the animals on the fairgrounds. Another is a tour for “foodies” who want to sample some of the fair’s gastronomic offerings.
“And then we have a special one called ‘Nooks and Crannies’ which are little-known places on our fairgrounds,” Williamson says, “some places for you to stop and see.”
The fourth tour highlights the free entertainment available during the fair. The State Fair has been held at its current location in Des Moines since 1886. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.