2016 Categories and Premium Books

Fairgoers prepare more than 65,000 entries to compete at the Iowa State Fair each year! Here’s what you need to know to join in on the fun and competition.

The Fair’s competitive events are grouped into departments. Rules, schedules and entry forms for each department can be found in their respective premium book section. Use the menu below to select the area you are interested in.

For further information, please contact the Competitive Events Department at competitiveevents@iowastatefair.org or 515.262.3111 x207.

Iowa Family Living Premium Book

The information listed below is from the 2016 Iowa State Fair.  Please check back in the spring for the 2017 rules and forms.

Online entries will be accepted beginning May 1.  

Enter Online

Fine Art & Photography Premium Book

The information listed below is from the 2016 Iowa State Fair.  Please check back in the spring for the 2017 rules and forms.

All Fine Art entries must be sumbitted online at  https://iowastatefair.artcall.org/.

Open Class Livestock Premium Book

The information listed below is from the 2016 Iowa State Fair.  Please check back in the spring for the 2017 rules and forms.

Online entries will be accepted beginning May 1.  

Enter Online

Horse & Pony Premium Book

The information listed below is from the 2016 Iowa State Fair.  Please check back in the spring for the 2017 rules and forms.

Online entries will be accepted beginning May 1.  Cowgirl Queen entries must be submitted by paper copy.

Enter Online

4-H Premium Book

The information listed below is from the 2016 Iowa State Fair.  Please check back in the spring for the 2017 rules and forms.

Iowa 4-H members who are interested in entering 4-H shows at the Iowa State Fair need to contact their County Extension Office. For more information and entry forms, please visit the Iowa State University Extension - State Fair Livestock page.

Pets Premium Book

The information listed below is from the 2016 Iowa State Fair.  Please check back in the spring for the 2017 rules and forms.

Online entries will be accepted beginning May 1. 

Enter Online

Other Premium Book

The information listed below is from the 2016 Iowa State Fair.  Please check back in the spring for the 2017 rules and forms.

Exhibitor Camping

Limited space is available for livestock exhibitors to camp in the Livestock Exhibitor Camping areas. Registration and payment for these areas will be required in advance. Camping spots will be offered first to those who submitted a camping registration form, exhibited livestock and camped in the lots during the 2015 Fair. 

Download information for the 2016 Fair
Exhibitor Camping Rules
Exhibitor Camping Off-Grounds Form
Exhibitor Camping Tent Form