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Renovated Cultural Center Offers New Place to Cool Off at Iowa State Fair
DES MOINES, Iowa –The wait is almost over for the food and fun of the Iowa State Fair. Gates open at 5 a.m. Thursday. The Opening Ceremony is 9 a.m. on Expo Hill. You can check out the newly renovated Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center following the ceremony. The third floor of the cultural center is now open for exhibits. It was previously used as a dormitory. That's where you will find the popular photography salon and fine arts exhibit. Gary Slater with the Iowa State Fair says, “It’s kind of like putting the milk in the back of the grocery store. You got to get all the way through it to get what you’re looking for.”