Did the Iowa State Fair accidentally or intentionally blunder with their logo design resulting in a distinctly recognizable silhouette? No, that's not true: This logo is a joke and not the real logo of the Iowa State Fair.
The silo and round bales image has circulated on social media since the summer of 2016 and resurfaced in an August 2, 2021, Facebook post with the caption, "Good for you Iowa!" The text in the screenshot reads:
iowa state fair logo
THIS WAS THE BEST DESIGN YOU COULD COME UP WITH?
THE IOWA STATE FAIR NOTHING COMPARES
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This is how the post appeared on Facebook:
(Image source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Aug 06 21:07:46 2021 UTC)
The Des Moines Register wrote about this on its website on August 18, 2016, quoting a statement from the Iowa State Fair Marketing Department.
The Iowa State Fair has a trademarked Iowa State Fair branding box logo that has been in place since 2005 and we don't have any plans to change it.
A July 7, 2016, Facebook post from a Des Moines Hy-Vee store advertised fair passes with a poster that includes the real Iowa State Fair logo and slogan, "Nothing Compares." The logo is also on the website of the Iowa State Fair.
(Image source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Aug 06 21:25:46 2021 UTC)
The logo all on its own, looks like this:
(Source: Logolynx.com screenshot taken on Fri Aug 06 23:45 2021 UTC)