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The Iowa State Fair is the first-in-the-nation caucus state's signature summer event

Iowans are frequently given up-close access to candidates

Cedar Rapids, Iowa CNN —  

Donald Trump is set to introduce 80s hair metal band Def Leppard at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 15, two Iowa Trump campaign aides told CNN on Friday.

The concert, which also features bands Styx and Tesla, will take place at the State Fair Grandstand on the fairgrounds in Des Moines.

The Iowa State Fair is the first-in-the-nation caucus state’s signature summer event, and a must-attend for presidential candidates. Candidates from both sides of the aisle flock to the fair, speaking at the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox, flipping pork chops at the National Pork Producers Council’s tent, eating fried food on a stick, or taking a close-up look at the Butter Cow (a life-sized cow carved out of butter).

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Iowans are frequently given up-close access to candidates, and the State Fair boasts attendance of over one million.

Trump has made two trips to the Hawkeye State since announcing his candidacy. Last month, on the night of his announcement, he flew to Des Moines for a rally, and later in the month, he held a meet-and-greet at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, among other events. He has two trips planned this month.

A Quinnipiac University poll earlier this month placed Trump in second place in Iowa, claiming 10% of support among likely caucus-goers. A new CNN-ORC poll out Friday put Trump in first place nationally.