Contests

Each year the Iowa State Fair hosts more than 45 competitions testing the talent, creativity and sheer zaniness of our Fairgoers.

Concrete Statue Contest

Congratulations ot the winners of our 2015 Concrete Statue Contest. This year, 43 applicants were selected to paint a 3 1/4 foot concrete horse for display throughout the grounds at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Contest winners are:

Professional - 

1st Place: Tribute to the Working Horse by Missy Sharer-Pieters (Messy Missy's Studio & Sharer Farms)

2nd Place: #IowasFinest by Emma Palmer assisted by Matt Palmer

3rd PlaceUnspoken Friendships by Kathy Stevens (Art by Kat sponsored by Circuit Master CB)

Honorable Mention (in no particular order):

Buena Vista Campus Tour by Buena Vista University

Blue Ribbon Foundation's Filly by Sticks Inc.

Novice - 

1st Place: Nothing Compares to Small Town Schools by Angela Davidson (Martensdale St. Mary's School District)

2nd Place:"Neigh"ture by Angie Wittmer

3rd Place:Jewels by Rammie Brafford Goemaat sponsored by Herman's Fine Jewelry

Honorable Mention:

Captain A"Mare"ica by Carter Cooley

The Palmers and the Rasmussens, 69 and 71 years at hte Fair, Manilla, IA, Happy Campers

American Spirit by Pamela Kline and Kennedy Rorebeck

Making a Mark with the Magic of Memories by Margaret Eshelman and Betty Backstrom

The Furrow by the Damman Family

Click here for a map of the locations of all conrete horses at the Iowa State Fair

Annual Contests

Click on the links below for the rules and details on contests from the 2015 Fair. 

2015 Fair Contests
4 x 4 Stomper PullLadies' Husband Calling Contest*
Accordion Contest*Ladies' Nail Driving Contest*
Bags TournamentMarvelous Hat Contest
Banjo/Guitar/Mandolin ContestMicro-Mini Tractor Pull
Beard Growing Contest*Monster Arm Wrestling Championships
Bench Press/Deadlift ContestMother-Daughter Look-alike Contest*
Checkers TournamentMr. Legs Contest
Chess TournamentMohawk/Mullet Contest
Children's Mom Calling Contest*Mutton Bustin'
Children's Singing Contest*Outhouse Races
Children's Joke Telling Contest*Pedal Power Pull
KRNT Cow Chip Throwing Contest*Piano Playing Contest*
Cribbage TournamentPigtail, Ponytail and Braid Contest
Decorated Diaper Contest and Diaper DerbyQueen Pageant
Duck Calling Contest*Tall Corn Contest
Fiddlers’ ContestTurkey Calling Contest*
Fly Tying ContestTwins, Triplets and More Contest
Harmonica Contest*Whistling Contest*
Heritage Contests (located in Pioneer Hall)Wood Chopping Contest*
Hog Calling Contest*Women's Rubber Chicken Throwing*
Iowa Championship Auctioneers ContestYodeling Contest*
Iowa Park and Recreation Day ContestsYouth Rooster Crowing Contest*
Ladies' Chicken Calling Contest*

* Part of the Heritage Contests in Pioneer Hall

For questions regarding contests, please contact the Special Events Department at specialevents@iowastatefair.org.