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Politicians flock to the Iowa State Fair

Updated 5:16 PM ET, Tue August 18, 2015
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The time has come for fried food on sticks, cows carved out of butter and carnival rides galore. The Iowa State Fair has become a must-attend for presidential candidates, who will flock to Des Moines to campaign for the 2016 election. And Donald Trump came through on his pledge to give kids free rides in his helicopter. Here's a look at the festivities.
Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, speaks to fairgoers on Monday, August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Graham visits the booth of Iowa's Republican Party on August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina works the grill at the Iowa Pork Producers tent on August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Fiorina greets fairgoers at the Iowa Pork Producers tent on August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Fiorina looks at the fair's butter cow on August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican presidential candidate, wears a red apron as he works the grill at the Iowa Pork Producers tent on August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Walker, center, puts his hand over his heart as he watches a veterans parade on August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Walker bites into a pork chop on August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Walker eats a pork chop while touring the fair on August 17. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson eats pizza while touring the fair on Sunday, August 16. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Carson speaks at the fair on August 16. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Carson flips a pork burger on August 16. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox on Saturday, August 15. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Sanders speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox on August 15. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives in his helicopter on August 15. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Trump speaks with reporters after arriving at the fair on August 15. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Trump greets fairgoers while campaigning on August 15. Win McNamee/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Trump holds up a personalized apron on August 15. Win McNamee/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Trump eats a pork chop on a stick while attending the fair on August 15. Win McNamee/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a news conference with former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin on August 15. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Clinton eats a pork chop on a stick as she tours the fair on August 15. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Clinton holds a lemonade and a pork chop on a stick on August 15. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Clinton greets fairgoers on August 15. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
From left, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush talk with pork producers on Friday, August 14. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Bush and Branstad eat a pork chop on a stick on August 14. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Bush greets fairgoers on August 14. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Youngsters in cowboy hats watch a cattle competition on August 14. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Competitors line up with their sheep for judging on August 14. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Bush meets fairgoers on August 14. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Fairgoers ride a giant slide on Thursday, August 13. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
One of the Democratic hopefuls, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, addresses fairgoers on August 13. Jeremy Diamond/CNN
O'Malley takes a selfie in front of the butter cow with his children Grace and William on August 13. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
O'Malley smiles while greeting fairgoers on August 13. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, speaks to a gathering on August 13. Jeremy Diamond/CNN
Webb greets shakes hands with a fairgoer on August 13. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The first votes of the presidential primary season -- the Iowa caucuses -- are nearly six months away, but attendees of the Iowa State Fair can conduct a straw poll of their own ... well, a corn-kernel poll. Results will be tallied at the end of the fair. Jeremy Diamond/CNN
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stands next to a poster featuring all of the Republican candidates as he tours the fair on August 13. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Fourteen Republican candidates, including Huckabee, are expected to participate in the Des Moines Register's Soapbox, a modern take on the old-fashioned political activity of "getting up on the soapbox." Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
When they're not addressing the masses, as Huckabee does here on August 13, candidates will be found across the fairgrounds sampling the many specialty snacks. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
The Iowa State Fair boasts 70 on-a-stick food items, along with new delicacies such as deep-fried nacho balls, fried PB&J on a stick and pumpkin-spice funnel cake. Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images