The Iowa State Fair is happening August 11-21, 2022!

Maybe you're excited to see Skillet or Disturbed, Brookes & Dunn or Keith Urban, Nelly or Demi Lovato.  Maybe even Carrie Underwood who just recently brought Axl Rose out to sing some GNR with her & her band.

But of course the show we're most excited to see is ZZ Top and Ann Wilson! Tuesday, August 16th, that little old band from Texas rolls into town on their Raw Whiskey Tour with the lead singer of Heart opening up the show.

What About the Free Shows?

There's actually TWO Ann Wilson's performing at the Iowa State Fair.  The one Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and the other is a country singer who will appear on the list of "Free Entertainment" with a host of others like Slaughter, Bulletboys, Stephen Piercy (Ratt), and Quiet Riot on the bill.  Along with Hairball and Resurrection (Journey Tribute) too.

Here's the list of "free entertainment" at the fair this year.  In that it won't cost you extra to check it out!

Susan Knapp Amphitheater:

  • Aug. 11 - Ian Munsick
  • Aug. 12 - Adam Doleac
  • Aug. 13 - Frank Ray
  • Aug. 14 - Sammy Kershaw
  • Aug. 15 -  Country Gold
  • Aug. 16 & 17 - HAIRBALL
  • Aug. 18 - Wang Chung
  • Aug. 19 - Levi Hummon
  • Aug. 20 - Slaughter
  • Aug. 21 - Casey Donahew

Anne and Bill Riley Stage:

  • Aug. 11-12 - Liliac
  • Aug. 13 - Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation
  • Aug. 14 - Parranderos Latin Combo & Pillao Rodriguez
  • Aug. 15-20 - Ron Diamond
  • Aug. 21 - Anne Wilson

MidAmerican Energy Stage:

  • Aug. 11 - Jason Brown
  • Aug. 12 - The Nadas
  • Aug. 13 - Colt Ford
  • Aug. 14 - Bulletboys
  • Aug. 15 - Stephen Pearcy the Voice of RATT
  • Aug. 16 - Spencer Crandall
  • Aug. 17 - Alana Springsteen
  • Aug. 18 - Resurrection- A Journey Tribute
  • Aug. 19 - Chase Matthew
  • Aug. 20 -  Bob Dorr's Iowa Music Revue
  • Aug. 21 - Quiet Riot

Fun Forest Stage:

  • Aug. 11-21 — Fantastick Patrick
  • Aug. 11-21 — The Rubber Chicken Show with Greg Frisbee

Other Grounds Entertainment:

  • Chainsaw Artists Gary Keenan and TJ Jenkins - Country School area
  • Red Trouser Show - Expo Hill
  • Brian Sobaski's Straw Art - Near Giant Slide
  • Sandscapes - Thrill Ville Entrance on Grand
  • Disc-Connected K-9's, sponsored by Mountain Valley Spring Water - Jacobson Building West Lawn
  • Wheels of Agriculture - Near Gate 13 and Little Hands on the Farm
  • Bandaloni, Strolling Piano, Robocars - Strolling

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