The Butter Cow has been a mascot of the Iowa State Fair since 1911. Made from 600 pounds of best Iowa butter over a wire frame, the life sized cow can be seen in the Agriculture Building, Perfect for photo opportunities and fair memories, each year there's a companion sculpture too, usually featuring a pop culture icon.
A firm favorite with families, the Livestock Pavilion is where you will find all the farm animals. Take a seat in the grandstand and watch the judges deliberate over the finest cows or pigs, or watch traditional rodeo events. Backstage, visitors can see the animals in pens, with a wide range of different breeds on display.
One of the loudest and most vibrant places on a fair evening, the beer tent is home to around 50 local beer producers from across the State. It is the perfect place to try some new beers, make some friends and spend the evening listening to live music.