Everything Past Presidential Candidates Have Done (and Eaten!) to Court Voters at the Iowa State Fair

The only thing that outnumbers fried foods at the fair? Political candidates. And here, they're willing to do all sorts of things – from befriending butter sculptures to scarfing down corn dogs – to win over admirers


When Cruz steps up on the state fair soapbox this year, it won't be his first time: In 2014, well before he announced his presidential run, he made a pre-campaign appearance at the Iowa State Fair. His visit wasn't all talk, though; he posed for a snap with the butter cow statue, too.