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West Des Moines , IA

Population: 61,266
Photo: Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, near West Des Moines, IA, may be the one and only place you can set your sights on a life-size butter sculptured cow, and as the fair's motto implies, nothing compares. More than 1 million people make it out to see the butter Bessie and enjoy all kinds of activities, from stunt dog shows and Wild West comedy shows to chainsaw artists and headliners like Ronnie Brooks, Def Leppard and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Attendance: 1 million

Dates: Early to mid-August

Don't Miss: The life-size butter cow