2. Iowa State Fair
If you’re going to be in Des Moines from August 13 to 23 this year, check out the Iowa State Fair. You might enjoy seeing the truck and tractor pull along with a few concerts. This mid-west fair is famous for its wacky contests. Forty-five zany competitions take place, including the Ladies’ Husband Calling, Mohawk/Mullet Contest, Cow Chip Throwing and Rubber Chicken Toss. In the dairy spotlight is the 600 lbs life-sized Butter Cow that has been freshly carved each year since 1911. Last year’s fair featured 70 food-on-a-stick delicacies, so check your diet at the gates and indulge. Finger’s crossed deep-fried butter will be on the menu again this year.