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Marion McKeone: Trump tornado descends on Iowa State Fair and sweeps up everything in his path

Other republican hopefuls, and Robert F Kennedy jr, pressed the flesh and tried the deep-fried pork chops at the state’s annual farming event but they couldn’t hope to compete with the former US president’s brand of mayhem

Former US president Donald Trump visits the Iowa Pork Producers Tent at the Iowa State Fair on August 12, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa. Picture: Getty

The Iowa State Fair is the biggest event on this small farming state’s annual calendar. As many as 100,000 people a day descend on the vast fairground and exhibition site outside Des Moines, which is transformed into a giant all-you-can-eat buffet for ten days.

Although there are a few sideshows, the fair is basically all about food. Growing it, displaying it, competing over it, but mostly just eating it. There are around 250 separate food ...