Discover More of Extension and Outreach at the Iowa State Fair

AMES, Iowa ― The Iowa State Fair, Aug. 9-19, is packed with rides, food vendors, entertainment, exhibits and other attractions. In addition, find Iowa State University Extension and Outreach all across the fairgrounds during the annual event.

Participate in the Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a passport to ISU Extension and Outreach at the information booth in the 4-H Exhibits Building and find each location on the fairgrounds. Write down the keyword from the location and return the passport for a chance to win an iPad.

ISU Extension and Outreach will be easy to spot at the fair this year, with banners and flags marking each venue and event. A lot is going on all 11 days of the fair, so be sure to explore all ISU Extension and Outreach has to offer to discover more about the programs and resources available.

Create a Flood of Cardinal and Gold

Wear cardinal and gold on Saturday, Aug. 11, in support of Iowa State University. Cy will make an appearance at the 4-H Exhibits Building and Iowa State President Steven Leath and Vice President for Extension and Outreach Cathann Kress will be visiting the fair. Visitors to the 4-H Exhibits Building also will receive an ISU Extension and Outreach item, while supplies last.

Design in Action Exhibit

Check out the exhibit that showcases how ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Design help communities solve problems. Previously displayed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in June and July in Washington, D.C., the “Design in Action” display now makes a stop at the Iowa State University booth in the Varied Industries Building.

Visit the ‘CyCone’

ISU Extension and Outreach is again participating in the Iowa State Fair’s concrete sculpture painting event. This year’s sculptures are ice cream cones, and the “CyCone” can be found outside the 4-H Exhibits Building and is one of the stops on the scavenger hunt. In addition, visit the ISU Extension and Outreach Facebook page to show off a favorite summer treat.

4-H Events

Stop and check out all the 4-H project exhibits or watch one of the live events at the 4-H Exhibits Building. The Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge is Aug. 10-11 and the Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge  is Aug. 12-14. Meet and chat with Iowa 4-H “legends” on Aug. 19.

Food Finder App

Developed by the Des Moines Register and sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, the Food Finder app for the iPhone is a guide to all things edible at the Iowa State Fair. With the app, search foods at the fair by type or vendor and locate them on the fairgrounds map; find healthy fare and nutrition information and find out how much activity it takes to burn calories with the handy calorie calculator. App users also can peruse fair events and add them to their phone calendars. The app is available on the App Store, or as a mobile website .