Over the 11 days of the Iowa State Fair, a million eager Fairgoers stream through the gates of the Fairgrounds. Some as early as 6 a.m. and occasionally staying until the wee hours of the morning. With construction projects completed in 2018 and 2019, Fairgoers are able to utilize brand new Admissions Gates. In addition to the gate, East 33rd and East 31st streets have new sidewalks and landscaping to enhance the flow of pedestrian traffic north of Grand Avenue.
Gate 15 welcomes guests with its bright blue lights, while Gate 13 is green. The lighted pathways not only look gorgeous in the evenings but act as a guide to lead people to the correct gate when leaving the Fairgrounds.