In 1854.

1854 – 1954 Iowa State Fair  –  100th Anniversary  Postmarked August 24, 1954 in Fairfield, Iowa. Did you know the world-famous Iowa State Fair actually began in Fairfield?

It’s Iowa State Fair Time… in Fairfield!

The first Iowa State Fair was staged in Fairfield October 25–27, 1854, with a budget of $323.

The Fair was held again in Fairfield in 1855, then for the next several years, moved from town to town, remaining mostly in eastern Iowa. The Fair was held in Muscatine in 1856–1857, Oskaloosa in 1858–1859, Iowa City in 1860–1861, Dubuque in 1862–1863, Burlington in 1864–1866, Clinton in 1867–1868, Keokuk in 1869–1870 and 1874–1875, and Cedar Rapids in 1871–1873 and 1876–1878.

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