After a year off, Iowa State Fairgoers can expect to see a number of new sites and things to do — not to mention more than 60 new foods — when the fair returns Aug. 12. 

Here’s a look at new or expanded features for the 2021 Iowa State Fair:

Barksdale’s State Fair Cookies

Barksdale's State Fair Cookies is a new building on the Iowa State Fair fairgrounds in 2021. 

The Joe Barksdale family has long been serving buckets of chocolate chip cookies at the Iowa State Fair and this new building is dedicated to continuing that service.

A new building housing Barksdale’s State Fair Cookies, originally planned to open in 2020, is prominently featured on the fairgrounds, southwest of the Grandstand and across the street from the Varied Industries Building.

Though the ovens inside have been fired up a few times already, this will be the first chance most people have had to grab a cup, or more likely a bucket, of the warm cookies. You get about a dozen cookies in a cup and about 60 in the bucket order.