Take a look inside the Iowa State Fair, a tradition in presidential politics. Des Moines Register


Presidents and presidential candidates have always come to the Iowa State Fair, but it wasn’t until the rise of the Iowa caucuses in the 1970s that visiting the State Fair became an important milepost in the election marathon.

“It’s always been an opportunity for candidates of all types to interact with people, show how normal they are and also just have fun,” said Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register opinion editor.

This video explores why, every four years, almost every person running for president makes the march down the State Fair’s Grand Concourse, stopping along the way to speak from the Register Political Soapbox and to grill some pork chops for the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

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