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We asked two Des Moines chefs, George Formaro and Jacob Demars, to taste and rate 10 new foods at the 2019 Iowa State Fair. Brian Taylor Carlson/Wochit, Brian Taylor Carlson/Wochit

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Whether you're a one-day-and-done Iowa State Fair attendee or plan to be there multiple days, there's a lot to see and do. We've gathered together the logistical information with the concerts, events and foods in an easy-to-find way so you can make the most of your time at the fair. 

Get to the Fair

Tickets and parking: Find deals, where to park, catch the shuttle, and more

Save money: Iowa State Fair tips: How to save money, time and your sanity

Share your love: These are your favorite things about the Fair

Food

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'It screams Iowa.': Here are the Iowa State Fair foods Des Moines chefs say you should try

All the new foods: 57 new foods to try for 2019

Cheap food: All the Fair foods for $4 or less

Can't miss: 12 weird and wacky new Iowa State Fair foods and drinks we can't wait to try

Vote: Here are 2 of the top 3 new Iowa State Fair foods (and how to vote for the third)

Corn dog-flavored beer: It's coming to the Iowa State Fair. Here's where to find it.   |  We tried the Iowa State Fair corn dog beer (and funnel cake kölsch and apple pie ale)

Download the Iowa State Fair Food Finder app: Find your favorite foods and vendors with the Des Moines Register’s free Food Finder app for iPhone and Android or browse online.

  • Search for foods at the fair by type or vendor and locate them on the fairgrounds map. Favorite them and share your recommendations with friends.
  • Search to find all the new fair foods.
  • Find the closest place to get your favorite fair food from where you are located on the fairgrounds.
  • Peruse fair events.
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The Register's Brian Taylor Carlson breaks down all of this year's new fair foods and tells you which ones to try! Brian Powers, bpowers@dmreg.com

Music

Free stages: Browse by day the Idols, up-and-comers and '80s rock gods you'll see

Grandstand: Here's every artist playing at the Grandstand

Slipknot: What to expect when Des Moines metal band Slipknot plays at the Iowa State Fair | How to meet "Clown"  |  Is Slipknot's new Whiskey any good? We tried it, and we think you'll like it.

Maddie Poppe: 'Best revenge is to be successful,' she says of 'American Idol' at Iowa State Fair

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Friday night Grandstand: 

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Presidential candidate appearances

See presidential candidates: Find out who's speaking at the Des Moines Register State Fair Soapbox and see the best moments from previous years  | Tips for attending

Candidate bingo: How many candidates will you see at the Fair? Here's how to play and win.

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Things to see and do

See the full schedule — sort by day, search by keyword or venue.

Move over tradition: new Nintendo tent gives kids a break from the outdoors and play some good old fashioned video games

More: 7 things to see and do at the 2019 Iowa State Fair

Animal fun: Goat yoga classes return to 2019 Iowa State Fair  |   2019 'Super Bull' champion was last year's runner-up  |  Captain wins the Big Boar contest

New whiskey: Slipknot is releasing its own whiskey Saturday

Don't miss: Sesame Street in butter

Saturday, Aug. 10:

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More: This Iowa State Fair Queen candidate gave away her winnings. Here's why.

Friday, Aug. 9:

More: In memory of late father, family gives $2,000 to kids at the Iowa State Fair — $5 at a time

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From Thursday, Aug. 8: