Posted Aug. 6, 2012
The 2012 Iowa State Fair starts Thursday, Aug. 9, in Des Moines and the Iowa Pork Producers Association has once again planned a full range of exciting promotional activities and exhibits.
The Iowa Pork Tent and Chop shops should be crowd favorites for the 32ndconsecutive year. Fairgoers will be able to dine on staples such as Iowa Chops, Pork Chops on a Stick™, pork loin sandwiches, pork burgers and barbecued pulled pork sandwiches.
The Pork Tent is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
IPPA will have a newly constructed miniature swine finishing barn on display at the Little Hands on the Farm area and will again have the live farrowing exhibit in the Animal Learning Center. Visitors will be able to watch the birth of piglets, see production videos and learn more about the industry through signage and other displays.
In the Agriculture Building, IPPA will partner with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and other commodity groups to help educate fairgoers about modern farming and production practices. Pork samples will be provided on select days and a cooler display will provide additional information.
The state association will once again rely on many hog farmers and their families, National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council staff and allied business representatives to help run the various concessions and exhibits at the fair. A total of 960 volunteers, 43 county pork groups and 22 companies will assist at the fair this year.
The state fair will conclude Aug. 19.