Contests

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

Oh Say, Can You Sing?

Show off your star-spangled singing skills for a chance to perform the National Anthem at this year's Fair! Entrants were asked to record a video of  themselves singing the National Anthem and submit it to The Des Moines Register.

Voting ended Tuesday, July 29. The top 11 vote earners will secure a spot performing during the Fair. This year's winner, Zachary Jones, will perform during the Fair's Opening Ceremonies at Epxo Hill on Thursday, August 7. The remaining vote earners will each perform on the front porch of the Administration Building at 10 a.m. Following are this year's winners along with their performance date:

  • Thursday, August 7: Zachary Jones
  • Friday, August 8: Kimberly Klooster
  • Saturday, August 9: Claire Williams and Ridg Downs
  • Sunday, August 10: Hannah McLaughlin
  • Monday, August 11: Brittney Cummings
  • Tuesday, August 12: Taylor Michl
  • Wednesday, August 13: Olivia Krieger
  • Thursday, August 14: Haley Dunn
  • Friday, August 15: Dillon Bucknell
  • Saturday, August 16: Hannah Zwanziger
  • Sunday, August 17: Rachel and Denise Forney

Each winner will receive two free Fair admission tickets. The Grand Champion will also receive two free Grandstand tickets. 

Concrete 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. The deadline to apply has passed, but be sure to visit the grounds during this year's Fair to see the winning entries. Click here for a map of this year's statues. 

Questions? Contact Tonya Cook at 515-262-3111 ext. 215 or email tcook@iowastatefair.org.

Annual Contests

Click on the links below for the rules and details on contest at the 2014 Fair. 

2014 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 ContestMohawk/Mullet Contest
Checkers TournamentMutton Bustin'
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 TournamentMarvelous Hat Contest
Decorated Diaper Contest and Diaper DerbySenior Spelldown
Duck Calling Contest*Tall Corn Contest
Farmers' Challenge & Young Farmers' 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 specialevents@iowastatefair.org.