All members of the working press are welcome to the 2013 Iowa State Fair – set August 8-18 – and will be offered a limited number of gate credentials and parking passes at no charge to assist with your Fair coverage.
The following procedures are in effect to accommodate working media quickly and efficiently and to screen out non-affiliated persons seeking media privileges. The Fair’s marketing department receives a limited number of media credentials. To make the best use of these credentials, please consider the following guidelines when applying for credentials.
Media credentials will be granted to:
- Accredited print, radio and television outlets.
- Freelancers with proof of news assignment on letterhead from the assigning company.
Media credentials will not be granted to:
- Sales staff
- Persons or organizations who are writing or gathering material for books
- Unfunded or exploratory documentary crews
- Freelancers without proof of news assignment
- Online services that are non-content based
- Media outlets exclusively covering political candidates
- Online services that exclusively deliver news related to political coverage
- Organizations that film or take photos for resale
- Bloggers not on assignment for an accredited media outlet, independent bloggers or blogs/websites that have primarily owner or user generated content
- Persons or organizations whose principal purpose for attending the Fair is, in our judgment, for reasons other than covering the event as working news media
Organizations that do not qualify for media credentials are welcome on the grounds with paid admission. These organizations must receive expressed permission from the Iowa State Fair to film or photograph within the Fairgrounds. Please send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your organization name, a link or copy of your publication and the purpose/subject matter of your coverage. For promotional or private video shoots, please contact Off-Season Events at (515) 262.3111 x221.
Failure to comply with any of these procedures or unauthorized use of a credential (including attempts to sell) may result in refusal, forfeiture of credential privileges, removal from the premises and/or prosecution.