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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 25-27, 1854 in Fairfield.  The fair came 20 years before America's great westward movement.

The 1954 fair budget was $323 on a six-acre plot.  The principal attraction was an equestrian exhibit by 10 young ladies.

The current fairgrounds in Des Moines consist of approximately 445 acres.  Fair attendance passed one million people for the first time in 2002.

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