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Celebrating the Olympics Iowa State Fair Style

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DES MOINES, Iowa –The fairgrounds are buzzing as the Iowa State Fair is now just a couple days away. It runs Thursday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 21.

The 11 days of food and fun take place during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and you can celebrate the Olympics fair style.

“We did this last Olympics, it was a huge hit. We kind of went fair style with the Olympics,” said Iowa State Fair Marketing Director Mindy Williamson.

This year, people can go for gold during the Fairlympics. Each day at 4:30, four teams of five will sign up to compete in a fair style relay on the Grand Concourse. The top three teams will take home a medal: bronze, silver or gold.

"There's cow chip throwing, there are hay bales, of course a corn dog and lemonade, and I heard the corn dog kind of goes station to station, so last time it got a little rough at the end," said Williamson.

You can see if there is an opening to sign up your team for the Fairlympics at a stand by the Ag building.

As for the Olympics in Rio, you can watch those events on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Just go to the newly renovated Youth Inn. The theater on the first floor is now air conditioned. You can watch the Olympics on a big screen.

You have until Wednesday to save money on advanced tickets. Those cost $8 for adults and $4 for kids. You can buy those at the fairgrounds, Hy-Vee, Fareway, or print online. Midway Mega passes are also only available until Wednesday.

Opening day, you can save $3 off admission by bringing three non-perishable food items, which will go to the Food Bank of Iowa.

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