We gave you a head’s up back in June about our plans for this year’s Iowa State Fair, and here’s a reminder about all the fun to come on Thursday!
The Iowa Lottery will be the opening-day sponsor of this year’s Fair, so we’ll be at four the main admission gates Thursday morning to hand out coupons for a free play in our All or Nothing™ lotto game. (The fine print: Coupon giveaways are scheduled for 5-9 a.m. Coupons can only be given to fair-goers at least 21 years old, one coupon per person, while supplies last.) There also will be discounted admission at the gates from 5 a.m. to noon that day, so visit www.iowastatefair.org for more details.
Here’s a list of the gates where we’ll be giving out coupons for free plays: Gate 4, at the campgrounds on the Fairgrounds’ east side; Gate 8, at Rock Island Avenue on the south side of the Fairgrounds; Gate 11, at the Grand Concourse on the west side of the Fairgrounds; and Gate 15, at the north parking lot. Lottery signs will mark the gates where coupons are being given away, so look for one of the signs to ensure you’re entering a gate where you can receive a coupon for a free play.
We’ll also have fun that morning with WHO Radio’s Van & Bonnie as they broadcast live from Expo Hill on the Fairgrounds. While their show is on the air from 5 to 9 a.m., fair-goers can sign up for a chance to win one of 10 prizes of $100 cash or one of two Lady Antebellum concert prize packs from the lottery. Join us at Expo Hill that morning to fill out a contest form and get in on the action.
One other thing for you to note: The lottery will not have a booth in the Varied Industries Building during this year’s State Fair. With the upcoming move to our new headquarters location, we need to dedicate additional resources to that project, so we couldn’t do a booth this time around. But we’re excited to see everyone on the Fair’s opening day and know we’ll have a good time Thursday morning!
And while you’re at the Fair, don’t forget the “History on a Stick” walk you can take to learn about the Fair’s historic sites while getting in a little cardio. Leaders of the Healthiest State Initiative, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and other state leaders will head up the first official version of the 1K walk at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, with the Department of Natural Resources Building serving as the starting line on the Grand Concourse.
The Fair’s historic walking tour is a tune-up for the annual Healthiest State Walk on Oct. 8. Remember, the goal is to make this year’s walk the biggest ever, so we’ll need more than 300,000 Iowans to participate this time around!