2017 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.

Fine Art & Photography Premium Book


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

Fine Art deadline - June 9

Photography - Learn how to mount your Iowa State Fair photos on our YouTube channel

Photography deadline - June 17 & 18

Horse & Pony Premium Book

Beginning May 1, entries will be accepted by mail or online.

Note: Cowgirl Queen entries must be submitted by paper copy.

Enter Online

Pets Premium Book

Beginning May 1, entries will be accepted by mail or online.

Enter Online

Other Premium Book

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 2016 Fair.  To be added to the waiting list for on grounds exhibitor camping during the 2017 Iowa State Fair, please send a letter of request by May 1 to:
Iowa State Fair
Livestock Exhibitor Camping
P.O. Box 57130
Des Moines, IA  50317

Download information for the 2017 Fair (available May 15)
Exhibitor Camping Rules
Exhibitor Camping Off-Grounds Form
Exhibitor Camping Tent Form