Iowa State Fair 2015 Live Blog: Presidential Candidates Descend on the Hawkeye State

Porkchops and politics intermingle at the Hawkeye's largest event.

ByABC News
August 13, 2015, 11:17 AM

— -- The 2016 presidential election is centered around the Iowa State Fair this week, as 20 presidential candidates -- both Democrats and Republicans -- will make the trip to Des Moines over the next week.

They’ll be serving themselves up to voters, and they’ll be served all kinds of deep fried foods.

So far, nine candidates, including Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Bernie Sanders, pitched their messaging to fair-goers at the Des Moines Register Soapbox, a stage surrounded by haystacks.

On Saturday, August 15, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump didn't give speeches at the soapbox, but both held a media availability and drew a large crowd around them.

The State Fair is a rite of passage for White House hopefuls – a place for the candidates to flip some pork chops, pet the animals and mingle with potential caucus-goers.

ABC News will keep you posted on all the political and edible happenings at this year’s Iowa State Fair. Check back here for the latest updates: