How to Enter

Fairgoers prepare more than 65,000 entries to compete at the Iowa State Fair each year! Here’s what you need to know to join in on the fun and competition.

The Fair’s competitive events are grouped into departments. Rules, schedules and entry forms for each department can be found in their respective premium book section. The 2015 premium books are available on our website. Visit the Premium Books/Categories page and use the menu on the left to select the area you are interested in.

For further information, please contact the Competitive Events Department at or 515.262.3111 x207.

The Fair also holds many contests, such as cow chip throwing, outhouse racing, and many more. Information on these contests can be found on our Contests page.