Contests

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

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Coloring Contest

Youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can show off their creative side in the 2015 Coloring Contest. See rules and entry form for more information.

Download entry form and coloring sheet:

Coloring Contest entry information for kids can be found here.

Questions? Contact Emily Wynn at ewynn@iowastatefair.org or 515/262-3111, ext. 244.

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.