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

Concrete Statue Contest

Use your artistic talent to show why the Iowa State Fair is special to you, your family, or your organization.  If selected, your statue will be on display at the 2016 Iowa State Fair.

Individuals, clubs and companies are invited to participate by simply completing the application with your proposed paint design. Selected applicants will then pick-up the statue from the concrete manufacturer (created in johnston), paint it, and return the statue to the fairgrounds to be displayed during the Iowa State Fair, August 11-21, 2016. Following the Fair, the statue is yours to keep.

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