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Sixteen-year-old Katie Leichty leaves the show ring on the first day of the Iowa State Fair Aug. 12.
A sheep show draws a crowd.
A piglet born just a few hours earlier gets his moment in the spotlight.
A baby calf checks out the crowd.
Evelynn Honkomy nuzzles the family horse.
Three-year-old McAlister Payton rides his tractor at Little Hands on the Farm.
Elaborate cakes line a table waiting to be judged.
Countless fruits and vegetables are judged at the fair.
Sunny weather greeted fairgoers on the skyride.
Karen Cooper of Grinnell works on a painting as part of the Plein Air at the Fair event.
A sand sculpture goes up near the Midway.
The Iowa State Fair runs through Aug. 22, with livestock shows, competitions, concerts, rides and food vendors returning to the grounds in Des Moines after the 2020 fair was canceled.