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Get an overhead view of the newly renovated Grandstands at the Iowa State Fair and hear what improvements you'll see this year. Brian Powers and Michael Zamora, The Register

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The maggots came through.

Slipknot, the Des Moines metal act, set two records during their sold-out Iowa State Fair debut Saturday night.

With 17,032 tickets scanned, Slipknot netted the most attendance at the newly renovated grandstand, while also pulling in the largest audience in the State Fair Grandstand’s modern era.

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To find acts that had larger single show audiences than Slipknot’s Saturday performance, you have to go all the way back to 1977, when the Beach Boys sold 19,506 tickets.

In 1973, Elton John had 19,400 people in his audience, and in 1974, Chicago pulled the most tickets ever for a single show with 24,700 attendees. But back then, tickets weren't scannable, making attendance counts slightly less reliable.

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“I think it’s fantastic to have the diversity of genres of music we have at the Iowa State Fair,” said Gary Slater, CEO of the Iowa State Fair. “It’s especially nice when a successful, talented band that has made it big in the music world can share their talent at home.”

Built in 1909, the Grandstand was renovated in 2018 to add more floor seats, new restroom facilities and a larger stage with updated lights and video screens.

Attracting talent that brings crowds the size of Slipknot’s Saturday show was the main reason for the renovation, Slater said.

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“Musical acts that attract those sorts of large crowds are now in the realm of what the Iowa State Fair can do," Slater said.

Formed in Des Moines in 1995, Slipknot has released six studio albums, the last of which, "We Are Not Your Kind," came out the day before their performance at the Iowa State Fair. The new record was almost immediately at the top of iTunes sales chart.

“Can I just tell you something? It is so good to be f------ home,” frontman Corey Taylor said during the show. “Back in the city that made all of this f------ possible.”

► Review: Slipknot stages emotional homecoming at sold out, first-ever Iowa State Fair Grandstand show

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