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.

Fine Art & Photography Premium Book

New for 2016:  All Fine Art entries must be sumbitted online at  https://iowastatefair.artcall.org/.  See the Fine Art Rules below for further information.

Horse & Pony Premium Book

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

Enter Online

Pets Premium Book

Online entries will be accepted beginning May 1. 

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 2015 Fair. 

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