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“This place is my life,” Slipknot co-founder and percussionist Shawn Crahan, or Clown as he is known on stage, said as he announced that the band will be playing at the fair for the first time next summer. Brian Powers, bpowers@dmreg.com

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An Iowa State Fair fan favorite is leaving after hosting popular classic rock acts and a whole lot of screaming and dancing fans.

The Bud Light Stage will not return this year, according to Mindy Williamson, spokesperson for the Iowa State Fair. Instead, the free shows hosted on the Bud Light Stage will move to the MidAmerican Energy Stage and Susan Knapp Amphitheater.

The Bud Light Stage was the only temporary stage left as the Iowa State Fair worked on renovating its permanent venues, Williamson said.

The number of shows — amounting to $500,000 in free acts — are staying the same, Williamson said.

"This has allowed us to step up and get some of those acts like Rock of Ages or The Prince Experience," Williamson said.

Instead, the area will cater more towards events for children. Fair organizers are planning to bring in sea lions, as well as mutton busting, where children can ride sheep every day.

"This allows the area to do more daytime entertainment," Williamson said.

The Bud Light Stage was located next to the Exhibition Center and Thrill Zone in the southwest side of the fairgrounds.

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