Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: A first-time voter encounters buddy-buddy candidates and rude reporters at the Iowa State Fair

The annual two-week phenomenon that is the Iowa State Fair is well-known for its amply supply of pigs, people, meals on sticks and, once every four years, its parade of presidential candidates. Livestock gets judged in the various barns at the fairgrounds, and candidates get judged at the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox […]

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Joe Biden to return to Iowa City before going to the Iowa State Fair, where his 1988 presidential campaign fell apart

Joe Biden is returning Iowa City on Wednesday for a meet-and-greet at his Kennedy Plaza campaign headquarters. The stop comes one day before the former vice president and current 2020 candidate takes the stage at the Iowa State Fair’s Political Soapbox, sponsored by the Des Moines Register. […]

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80s rock rules! Heart to play Iowa State Fair with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick

The latest addition to the Iowa State Fair’s 2016 Grandstand was announced today and you can expect a good dose of rock and roll nostalgia: Heart will headline on Aug. 16 with special guests Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick. All three acts are inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame […]

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Iowa State Fair announces free entertainment line-up

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The Iowa State Fair announced today its free entertainment lineup for the upcoming festival (August 7-17), touting a list that includes Los Lonely Boys, The Nadas, Alien Ant Farm and The Romantics of “What I Like About You” fame. The free music and entertainment events will be split across four stages, with the Fairview stage […]

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