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Iowa State Fair coupons help fair goers save on admission costs. Discount tickets are available to purchase each year prior to the fair's start, and help save visitors 30 percent off admission. Additional savings are offered through special promotions throughout the duration of the fair.
The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines has been entertaining guests since 1854, and was listed in The New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. The fair is held each year for 11 days in August. The 2013 fair will be held from August 8 through August 18.
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|Offered by||Iowa State Fair|
|Location||3000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317-2494|
|Features||Rides, food, blue-ribbon competitions, shopping, entertainment|
|Types of coupons||Group discounts, special promotional offers|
|AARP discount?||No, but there is a special "Older Iowans' Day for seniors 60 and over. They save $3 on admission from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.|
|Military discount?||The fair hosts a Veteran's Day each year. On August 12, 2013, all active and retired military, as well as their spouses, receive $3 off admission between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.|
About the Iowa State Fair
The Iowa State Fair is one of the largest and oldest agricultural fairs in the United States, welcoming more than one million people each year. The fair, which inspired the novel State Fair, is also Iowa's largest event. The theme for the 2013 fair is "Nothing Compares."
Gate admission prices are $11 for adults, $5 for children 6-11, and free for children under the age of 6. Fair admission provides access to general fair festivities, but does not include rides or Grandstand tickets. Parking at the fair $10 for cars and motorcycles, and $2 for bicycles.
Iowa State Fair Coupons and Free Offers
- The Iowa State Fair operates a Facebook page and Twitter feed, providing customers with access to information on fair news and promotional offers.
- Adults receive $5 off admission after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and kids receive $3 off admission.
- On Tuesday, August 13, the Iowa State Fair is sponsoring a "Canned Food Drive." All visitors who bring in at least two cans of food receive $3 off fair admission. This offer is available between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the admission gate.
- Sunday, August 18, 2013, is "Extreme Sunday" at the fair. All guests receive $5 off adult admission and $2 off child admission from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
- Visitors who purchase their tickets in advance online save. The deal is offered through August 7. Savings include $3 off adult tickets and $1 off child tickets.
- The "Free Entertainment" section of the official Iowa State Fair website lists all the free entertainment offered each year with paid gate admission. Some of the free entertainment includes concerts from Blue Oyster Cult, Skid Row, Ben Taylor, The Nades, Sevendust, Aranda, Foghat, L.A. Guns, Firehouse, James Wesley, The Farm, Kristen Kelly, and the Outlaws.
- Group discounts are offered each year when purchased by the end of July. Offers include a free "Book of Values" coupon book, offering discounts on food and drinks. Groups also receive free parking, a free ticket for the group tour planner, 
- Punch cards are available each year for $88, and include 11 admission days to the fair. This prices the tickets at $8 a day, which is the advance ticket price. Entire families are able to use the punch card.
- "Fair Packs are available for an up front fee and include packages of savings on food, rides, and fair admission. For example, a fair pack for anyone 12 and older is $20, which is a $32 value, and includes a gate admission, 1 sky glider ride, 1 zipline ride or Scare Zone ticket, 1 giant slide or Ye Old Mill ride, 1 Snakes Alive or Train Exhibit ticket, and 5 $1 food and beverage tickets.
- Consumers who sign up for the fair's free e-newsletter receive fair updates, news, and promotional information.throughout the year.
Visiting the Iowa State Fair
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