There’s no better place to be a kid than the Iowa State Fair!

Whether it’s jumping into a hands-on Blue Ribbon Kids activity, pretending to be a farmer at Little Hands on the Farm or whirling on a midway ride, the Fair has enough kid-friendly activities to keep families busy all 11 days!

Interactive learning at Little Hands on the Farm

Blue Ribbon Kids Club

Blue Ribbon Kids, the Fair's special club for ages 10 and under, allows children to experience the Fair from a unique perspective. Blue Ribbon Kids members will get a rare glimpse at the heart of the Iowa State Fair and become part of the action during special kids' club activities. Blue Ribbon Kids' Club members not only get a hands-on Fair experience but will receive a birthday card and a quarterly newsletter after signing up.

Blue Ribbon Kids Membership Form

Any questions please contact

Team ISF

Team ISF is open to all youth, ages 11-14, who are interested in becoming more actively involved in the inner workings of the Iowa State Fair. Team members will not only have the opportunity to attend behind-the-scenes tours during the Fair but they will also have the option of assisting with the various programs and departments that make the Iowa State Fair one of the most acclaimed Fairs in the nation.

To join, simply fill out the membership form and return to Team ISF, Iowa State Fair, PO Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317-0003. A parent or legal guardian must fill out the bottom of the form. Once the form is returned a membership packet will be mailed to you. Remember, membership is completely FREE!

Team ISF Membership Form

Vet Camp

One of the most popular programs at the Fair, Vet Camp is an educational, exciting, hands-on learning program aimed at encouraging 4th - 7th graders to learn about animal health, welfare and what it is like to be an animal doctor. The two-hour program focuses on both large and small animal veterinary medicine. Vet Camp is FREE with paid Fair admission. Check back soon for details on Vet Camp 2018.

Contact Emily Wynn at or 515/401-1544 with questions.

Advanced Vet Camp

Advanced Vet Camp is for 8th - 12th grade who have an interest in Veterinary Medicine.  This two-hour program will focus on both large and small animal veterinary medicine along with information on attending Vet School. Check back soon for details on Advanced Vet Camp 2018.

Contact Emily Wynn at or 515/401-1544 with questions.

Little Hands on the Farm

Located in Kids Zone, Little Hands on the Farm teaches children the importance of agriculture and how it affects their daily lives in a fun and interactive way. Children ages 2 to 10 become farmers at this free, hands-on exhibit. Children obtain a gathering basket and proceed along a path that includes a garden, grain bin, apple orchard, chicken coop, tractor shed, sheep barn and dairy barn. After gathering particular items along the way they get the chance to sell these items at the Little Hands on the Farm Farmers’ Market for a Little Hands dollar to spend at the Grocery Store for such items as a piece of fruit, a granola bar or an ice cream sandwich. 

Little Hands on the Farm Map

Petting Zoo

Hedrick’s Educational Petting Zoo provides an educational and entertaining display of the widest variety of exotic animals. From camels, zebras, alpacas, and more, children and adults alike will love the up-close experience with some of the world’s most fascinating animals.

Formerly located north of Gate 11 will now be located in Kids Zone.

coloring contest results

Entrants from across the Midwest competed for ribbons in the Coloring Contest judged prior to the start of the 2017 Iowa State Fair.  

Complete 2017  results below:

3-4 Years Old

1) Miley Koehler, Glenwood, IA

2) Brooklyn Walz, North Liberty, IA

3) Evelyn Ricker, Spirit Lake, IA

5-6 Years Old

1) Patrick Nolte, Iowa City, IA

2) Mae Loecke, Ames, IA

3) Sripoorva Prasanna, Bettendorf, IA

7-8 Years Old

1) Preston Martin, Springville, IA

2) Braylon Bingham, Melcher-Dallas, IA

3) Clay Smith, Fort Madison, IA

9-10 Years Old

1) Rachel Dieleman, Sioux Falls, SD

2) Summer Field, Lakeville, MN  

3) Ashlyn Derr, Clive, IA

Anything Goes

1) Summer Field, Lakeville, MN

2) Anna Vandell, Deland, FL

3) Ally Riester, Manilla, IA

Intellectual Disabilities

1) Erika Ellenboga, Des Moines, IA

2) Kimberly Kalenske, Fairbank, IA

3) Abbi Allison, Des Moines, IA