The Iowa State Fair in Vintage Postcards
Each August, the Iowa State Fairgrounds, home to America's quintessential state fair, becomes 400 acres of sights, sounds, and aromas. More than just a showcase of farm machinery, the fair has one of the world's largest livestock shows, hundreds of competitive events, first-class entertainment, and everyimaginable food-on-a-stick. The first Iowa State Fair, held in 1854 at Fairfield, drew 10,000 visitors, and attendance now tops one million each year. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has been held at its present location in Des Moines since 1886. In the early 1900's, fairgoers could choose from a large selection of postcarads, stock on a penny stamp, and nail them to friends to describe thier blue ribbon, an exciting midway ride, or the great entertainment. Over 190 vintage postcards provide glimpes of the fair from the 1890's to the mid-1950's in the Iowa State Fair.
By Ron Playle