What’s new at the Iowa State Fair in 2022? A Day of the Senses and More – Des Moines Register | Hot Mobile Press

State fairs began in the 18th century to promote agriculture through livestock shows and displays of agricultural products. The first Iowa State Fair in 1854 was held in Fairfield with competitions for the highest grain yields, oat and corn samples, and even a collection of birds from across the state.

Fast forward to today and there have been countless changes to the State Fair with new features, big and small, being introduced regularly. As in so many years past, regular State Fair visitors can still find new things to do aside from trying one of the 53 new foods for 2022, including three vying for best of the year.

Here are five notable additions to this year’s proceedings. While many of the following events are free after admission, keep in mind that admission to the fair is not included in the price of the paid events.

What was new last year?:New at the 2021 Iowa State Fair: Here are the new, expanded items

World record for largest cornhole tournament

Iowa fan John Barnes of Cedar Rapids discards his bag while playing cornhole before a football game.

This year, the organizers of the Iowa State Fair announced that they will attempt to break a world record for the world’s largest cornhole tournament.

To achieve this, organizers are looking to recruit at least 445 participants to play the Grand Concourse at the Cornhole Fairgrounds on August 20 at 10am.

The current world record was set with 444 players participating in a tournament in San Diego.

Anyone interested in participating in the State Fair tournament can do so through the Scoreholio app for iOS and Android and follow the registration link.

More:Wanted: 445 Iowans to break a Guinness World Record at the Iowa State Fair

Sensory friendly morning at the Iowa State Fair

A mural inside the Sensory Room at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  The mural was created by the non-profit ArtForce Iowa.

For the first time ever, the Iowa State Fair plans to offer a sensory-friendly morning for those with autism, PTSD, or sensory processing disorders.

Because the sounds and lights that the State Fair typically produces can be over-stimulating for some, the morning of August 17 will feature features that might be helpful to those who are unable to attend normally. According to a State Fair press release, these implementations include the introduction of a calming room, designated educational areas, and mitigation of noise and movement.

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