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

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:

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

Annual Contests

Click on the links below for the rules and details on contests from the 2014 Fair. Check back in early summer for updates on the upcoming 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