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Iowa State Fair releases final 2022 attendance total

This year, the Iowa State Fair recorded around 1.1 million attendees, which is less than 2019 but more than 2021.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The 2022 Iowa State Fair saw over a million attendees walk through the gates, placing this year’s turnout above 2021 but below 2019’s record.

2022’s total of 1,118,763 was more than than 2021 (1,094,480) but less than 2019 (1,170,375).

After experiencing a dip in visitors Friday (Day 9) due to severe weather, the Iowa State Fair made quite the comeback: On Saturday, the fair marked the highest one-day attendance of all time at 128,298 attendees. Sunday rang in at 101,846 people.

The fair broke another record Saturday too — according to the fair's website, it "crushed the Guinness World Record for largest cornhole tournament with 730 participants. The previous record of 444 participants was made in San Diego, California in 2019."

Day 1-10 Attendance Totals

  • 2022 — 1,016,917
  • 2021 — 994,489
  • 2019 — 1,064,790
  • 2018 — 1,015,768

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The 11th Grandstand act of the fair, Carrie Underwood, brought in 14,754 people. Brooks & Dunn on Friday, Aug. 12 (Day 2) had the biggest Grandstand crowd this year at 15,074.

The full Grandstand lineup is:

  • Thursday, August 11: Skillet 
  • Friday, August 12: Brooks & Dunn 
  • Saturday, August 13: Nelly 
  • Sunday, August 14: Demi Lovato 
  • Monday, August 15: Alanis Morissette 
  • Tuesday, August 16: ZZ Top 
  • Wednesday, August 17: John Crist 
  • Thursday, August 18: Kane Brown 
  • Friday, August 19: Disturbed 
  • Saturday, August 20: Keith Urban 
  • Sunday, August 21: Carrie Underwood

You can track daily attendance numbers below to see how 2022 compares to the last Iowa State Fair in 2021 and 2019

There was no Iowa State Fair in 2020 due to COVID-19. Next year's fair is scheduled for Aug. 10-20, 2023.

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Day 11

  • 2022 — 101,846
    • Grandstand (Carrie Underwood): 14,754
  • 2021 — 99,991
  • 2019 — 105,585

Day 10

  • 2022 — 128,298
    • Grandstand (Keith Urban): 13,711
  • 2021 — 117,764
  • 2019 — 119,276

Day 9

  • 2022 — 93,348
    • Grandstand (Disturbed): 7,564
  • 2021 — 101,952
  • 2019 — 112,891

Day 8

  • 2022 — 99,715
    • Grandstand (Kane Brown): 14,541
  • 2021 — 96,064
  • 2019 — 104,247

Day 7

  • 2022 — 97,901
    • Grandstand (John Crist): 3,055
  • 2021 — 91,510
  • 2019 — 109,323

Day 6

  • 2022 — 99,965
    • Grandstand (ZZ Top): 6,992
  • 2021 — 90,688
  • 2019 — 102,953

Day 5

  • 2022 — 87,599
    • Grandstand (Alanis Morisette): 12,129
  • 2021 — 95,621
  • 2019 — 97,682

Day 4

  • 2022 — 110,661
    • Grandstand (Demi Lovato): 5,008
  • 2021 — 107,410
  • 2019 — 108,283

Day 3

  • 2022 — 113,012 
    • Grandstand (Nelly): 13,270
  • 2021 — 111,603
  • 2019 — 122,111

Day 2

  • 2022 — 103,556
    • Grandstand (Brooks & Dunn): 15,074
  • 2021 — 104,177
  • 2019 — 103,096

Day 1

  • 2022 — 82,862
    • Grandstand (Skillet): 4,537
  • 2021 — 77,700 
  • 2019 — 84,928

Watch: Complete coverage of the 2022 Iowa State Fair

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