Iowa State Fair – The Inside Scoop!

[caption id="attachment_1721" align="alignnone" width="300"] The steel framework under construction for the new free entertainment stage on Expo Hill at the Iowa State Fair! A stretch fabric cover will be installed over the skeleton like structure![/caption] As a Fairground Architect (fairground designers or master planners) we like...

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Hot Rods and K/O Architects

[caption id="attachment_1646" align="alignnone" width="600"] Whoa, This is a Car Lovers Dream Come True![/caption] Our latest post features a few snapshots taken from a recent photo shoot at one of our recently completed projects in the Des Moines, Iowa area. This is a bit more than your...

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K/O Travelogue – Architecture and Planning

[caption id="attachment_1465" align="alignnone" width="600"] Riding Heard - Bricktown Riverwalk[/caption] From the “We get to work in the best places” annals – Oklahoma City Chapter. On a recent trip to good old Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as Fairground Architects we were impressed, to say the least! I guess...

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Learning From Las Vegas – Fairs, Entertainment and Other Thoughts

[caption id="attachment_1444" align="alignnone" width="600"] Entertainment Architecture - "In Your Face Architecture"[/caption] We just finished exhibiting at the 2011 IAFE (International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions) Conference in Las Vegas. The conference was held in and around the Great Ballroom at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas,...

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Iowa State Fair & K/O Architects

When Iowan's think of the hot/humid days of August they think of the Iowa State Fair - then they have memories of fried food on a stick, the butter cow, the big bull, people watching...

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Celebration, Exhibition, and Education – Fairground Design!

What are the three main ingredients of every great fair in our nation? Celebration Exhibition Education Celebrating human achievement (having fun, people watching, entertainment, etc.), Exhibiting the best (commercial goods, livestock, art, technology, crops, etc.), and Educating your neighbor on best practices, and the youth...

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Fairgound and Town Planning are "Ringers"

[caption id="attachment_1274" align="alignnone" width="300"] Payette County Fair - New Plymouth, Idaho[/caption] The Payette County Fair is located in New Plymouth, Idaho. The Payette County Fair is a 4 day event held in mid August. We had an opportunity to visit this nice fairgrounds on a recent...

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We Get to Work in the Best Places!

[caption id="attachment_1172" align="alignnone" width="600"] View out window - Box Elder Co Fair Master Planning[/caption] We were recently treated to this view – experienced from the window of the conference center at our most recent meeting in Utah!  As Fairground Designers, Fairground Planners, and Fairground Architects our...

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We Go To Great Lengths! … and Great Distances!

What do the following states have in common - Idaho, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. Let's narrow it down. Besides all having beautiful countryside and gorgeous scenery. Two of the States have incredible mountain top skiing, one of the states has 10,000 lakes, another has...

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