Learn about the Iowa State Fair and its 160yrs of history. Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair CEO and General Manager, will talk about the fair’s role as a center for agriculture education in the state. As the state and the city of Des Moines have grown, the fair’s mission to educate and inform has not changed despite the urbanization of the population. We’ll also hear about the fair’s close connection to presidential politics. The candidate “soap box” is an important stop for presidential hopefuls and has become an important political campaigning stage for candidates to visit during election years.