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

2014 Concrete Iowa Statue Painting

To celebrate our "fair" state, there will be a limited number of Iowa-shaped concrete statues on display throughout the grounds during the 2014 Fair. To participate, click on the link below and submit the application form no later than Thursday, May 15.

2014 Information Packet and Application Form

Questions? Contact Tonya Cook at 515-262-3111 ext. 215 or email

Annual Contests

Click on the links below for the rules and details on the 2013 Fair contests. Details for the 2014 contests will be available in early summer:

2013 Fair Contests
4 x 4 Stomper PullLadies' Nail Driving Contest*
Accordion Contest*Micro-Mini Tractor Pull
Bags TournamentMonster Arm Wrestling Championships
Banjo/Guitar/Mandolin ContestMother-Daughter Look-alike Contest*
Beard Growing Contest*Mr. Legs Contest
Bench Press/Deadlift ContestMullet Contest
Checkers TournamentMutton Busting
Chess TournamentOuthouse Races
Children's Mom Calling Contest*Pedal Power Pull
Children's Singing Contest*Piano Playing Contest*
Children's Joke Telling Contest*Pigtail, Ponytail and Braid Contest
KRNT Cow Chip Throwing Contest*Queen Pageant
Cribbage TournamentRed Hat Contest
Decorated Diaper Contest and Diaper DerbySenior Spelldown
Duck Calling Contest*Tall Corn Contest
Farmer's Challenge & Young Farmer's ChallengeTurkey Calling Contest*
Fiddlers’ ContestTwins, Triplets and More Contest
Fly Tying ContestWhistling Contest*
Harmonica Contest*Wood Chopping Contest*
Heritage Contests (located in Pioneer Hall)Women's Rubber Chicken Throwing*
Hog Calling Contest*Youth Rooster Crowing Contest*
Iowa Championship Auctioneers ContestIowa Park and Recreation Day Contests
Yodeling Contest*Ladies' Chicken Calling Contest*
Yo-Yo ContestLadies' Husband Calling Contest*

* Part of the Heritage Contests in Pioneer Hall

For questions regarding contests, please contact the Special Events Department at