The 2019 Iowa State Fair, Nothing Compares to State Fair Favorites is set for August 8 -18, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. 


For safety purposes, members of the press should request media credential approval. This allows our public safety, volunteers, and other employees to know that you are approved for interviews, photographs, and video production. All credentialed media have access to the air-conditioned media room located in the Administration building, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the Fair. Wifi, outlets, news releases, desk space, and restrooms are available. Admission tickets and parking passes are available on a first-come-first-served basis, you will be notified after the credentials request period if your request will include tickets and parking. We are not allowed to provide transportation of news crews or equipment on the grounds, golf carts are not provided. Some local affiliates have golf carts available. We are always happy to provide map information and directions as well as story contacts and interviews leads.

We can't wait to see you at the Fair! Please complete the media credentials request form by Friday, July 19, 2019. Requests made after August 1, 2019 will not be approved.

Grandstand/Entertainment Media

No filming, taping, photography or recording of any Grandstand show or event without prior consent and agreement. Requests for backstage or photo passes and/or reviewer seats are referred to the artist's management and/or label. Approved photos of Grandstand performances are available from the Iowa State Fair upon request at at least 48 hours prior to the show. 

For up-to-date information, text FAIR to 75782 or sign up to receive our e-newsletter.

If you would like to be added to our press release list, please email 

Credentials Request Form