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Fair Updates

Learn more about what's going on at the Fair! See the Frequently Asked Questions about the 2020 Fair, and stay up-to-date with the latest Fair news. Sign up for the Fair's e-newsletter, download the official Iowa State Fair App and follow us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social pages!

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Official Iowa State Fair App

Don’t want to miss any of the Iowa State Fair action? Download the Official Iowa State Fair App to keep up with all the fun! Access the daily schedule, Grandstand shows, and purchase Admission tickets all from your mobile device.

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Join our email club to get the inside scoop on Fair events and activities delivered right to your inbox! We send out monthly emails and usually a few extra updates closer to the Fair. As always, we will never share your email address with other companies and you can opt-out at any time—but we hope you don't!

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Iowa State Fair's Safety Page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I support the Iowa State Fair?

We are as heartbroken as you about the decision to postpone the 2020 Fair, but we know it was the right thing to do. 

If you would like to support the Iowa State Fair, you can make a donation to the Blue Ribbon Foundation The Blue Ribbon Foundation has been keeping your Fairgrounds in tip-top shape for over 25 years. Your donation is always precious to us, but without revenue generated during the 2020 Fair, your donation is even more helpful.  No matter what size donation it will be put to good use getting ready for the 2021 Fair, August 12-22.

Will there be a 2021 Iowa State Fair?
When will you start announcing information about the 2021 Iowa State Fair?


I’ve been working on projects (Iowa Family Living, Photography, etc.) for the Iowa State Fair. Can I submit these projects for the 2021 Iowa State Fair?

Yes! We would love to have your projects entered in 2021.

If I’ve already completed my YQCA certification requirement for the 2020 Iowa State Fair, what should I do?
What happens to the FFA nomination tag fees that had to be submitted by June 1?
This is my last year of eligibility for junior livestock shows. Am I able to compete in the Junior Shows at the 2021 Iowa State Fair?
What should I do if I already paid to sponsor a contest?
I signed up my child(ren) to participate in this year’s Vet Camp or Advanced Vet Camp. What happens to those spots?
What happens to my exhibitor camping spot and fees?


What do I do with my pre-purchased Fair admission tickets?

We apologize for the inconvenience, but please know our decision was based on keeping you safe and healthy so we can be together next year. If you purchased admission tickets, you can keep them for 2021, or you may request a refund or to gift the price to the Fair. If you purchased your tickets in person and would like a refund, the tickets will need to be mailed to Attn: Ticket Office, PO Box 57130, Des Moines, Iowa 50317.

Can I use my admission tickets(s) in 2021?
Can I gift my ticket(s) fees back to the Fair?
I purchased tickets to see performances in the Iowa State Fair Grandstand. What do I do with my ticket(s)?
What if I purchased my tickets through a source other than Etix (not accessed through or
I won Grandstand tickets through a contest or promotion or radio station? What can I do with them?


If I applied for the 2020 Parade, do I need to reapply?

We apologize for the inconvenience. You will need to reapply again for the 2021 Iowa State Fair parade. Mark your calendar for the 2021 Iowa State Fair Parade on August 11, 2021!

Was there a 2020 Iowa State Fair Queen contest?
What about concrete statues?
How are other events on the Iowa State Fairgrounds affected?
What about free entertainment?
What about the Bill Riley Talent Search?
What about the Century and Heritage Farm Awards?


I was accepted to be a vendor at the 2020 Iowa State Fair. Now what?

We are so sorry! The Concessions Department will be reaching out to you with more information about the 2021 Fair. If you have questions, you can email

I canceled my booth due to COVID-related reasons. Will I need to reapply for 2021?
I applied to be a new vendor for the 2020 Iowa State Fair, but my application was not accepted. Will I need to re-apply for consideration for the 2021 Iowa State Fair?


For questions or concerns about registered camping or product payments, credits or refunds from 2020, please contact or call 515-401-1513.

Blue Ribbon Foundation

1854 Society

Members can designate their 2020 renewal donation for their 2021 membership. You can designate your gift to the “Rebuilding the Dream” general fund or toward one of the Foundation’s giving programs. Donations can also be refunded. Please contact the Blue Ribbon Foundation for questions ( If you are an 1854 member, the Foundation will be communicating with you directly.

Jake’s Club
Giving Programs
Corndog Kickoff
State Fair Store


What should I do if our organization has already paid for our 2020 Fair sponsorship package?

2020 sponsors can request a full refund, elect to roll fees forward to a 2021 Fair sponsorship, or gift the fees to the Fair.

As a sponsor I receive an exhibit space in my package. Will my space be held for the 2021 Fair?
Will sponsorship recognition remain as-is on the sponsorship page of the Fair website?
Our 2020 sponsorship package was still in negotiations, how do I proceed for the 2021 Fair?

If your question isn’t answered above or you need something more specific, please email or call 515-262-3111 ext 204 to reach the marketing department.