Historical Walking Tour

posted on Friday, July 19, 2019


Step into history on Opening Day of the Iowa State Fair

Iowans are invited to take a step forward for their health by taking a step back into Iowa State Fair history at the 6th Annual Historical Walking Tour hosted by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the Healthiest State Initiative on Thursday, Aug. 8, on the fairgrounds.

Join Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and leaders from the host organizations at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Administration Building on the Grand Concourse. Following remarks, the 30-minute walking tour will make multiple stops at historic sites throughout the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 

Walking Tour

Participants make a stop during the Historical Walking Tour in 2018. With the purchase of fair admission, the Historical Walking Tour will be free and open to the public.

“I can’t think of a better way to see the Iowa State Fair than on foot,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative. “This walking tour provides a fun and educational way for Iowans to get 30 minutes of physical activity on the fairgrounds.”

With the purchase of fair admission, the Historical Walking Tour will be free and open to the public.  Experts from the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, will lead the walking tour.

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“Experiencing the history and culture of the Iowa State Fair on opening day is such a treat," said Chris Kramer, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, "especially when you walk by the 20 historic buildings on the fairgrounds and hear stories from the last 130 years."  

The Historical Walking Tour will end in time for the Opening Ceremonies which are scheduled for 10 a.m. in front of the Administration Building.

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Want more history?

Visit the State Historical Society of Iowa's "Iowa History 101" mobile museum at the Iowa State Fair. You can visit it from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the fair near Gate 12, west of the DNR Building. You can also download the free Iowa Culture app to view all of the historical markers on the fairgrounds, plus see 3,500+ historic and cultural landmarks across the state on an interactive map.

Stick around for Fitness on the Hill:

Participants are also encouraged to join the Healthiest State Initiative every morning of the Iowa State Fair, including on Opening Day, at Fitness on the Hill at Expo Hill from 9:30-10 a.m. The 30-minute workout classes are free and open to the public. Workouts range from yoga, Zumba, and family-friendly cardio with Hy-Vee KidsFit. Click here to view a full schedule.

Join the State Fair Step Challenge!

Keep taking steps for your health and touring the fairgrounds by participating in the State Fair Step Challenge, sponsored by the Healthiest State Initiative, Live Healthy Iowa, 4-H and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Each day of the Iowa State Fair, text “StateFairSteps” to 833-369-3542 with a photo or screenshot of your pedometer and the number of steps you took that day for a chance to win prizes.

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