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First Iowa State Fair held in 1854

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FAIRFIELD (KWWL) -- The first Iowa State Fair was held October 25 to 27,1854 in Fairfield.  That was twenty years before America's great westward movement began.

The fair budget was $323 on a six acre plot. The principal attraction was an equestrian exhibit by 10 young ladies.

Today, the fair attracts about one million visitors annually.  It is included in the New York Times "1000 Places to See Before You Die."

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