Request Media Credentials

Credential Guidelines

We welcome all members of the working press to the 2016 Iowa State Fair, August 11-21, the deadline to request media credentials at no charge has passed. You may purchase admission tickets.

Organizations must receive expressed permission from the Iowa State Fair to film or photograph within the Fairgrounds. Please send requests to and include your organization name, a link or copy of your publication and the purpose/subject matter of your coverage.

Satellite Truck

Please indicate if you will be bringing a satellite truck as it will need special credentials to enter the grounds. Please send an email with the license plate number of the vehicle, size of vehicle and any vehicle specific needs to Also, include cell phone number and full contact information for an on-call staff member should any issues arise. Arrangements for satellite truck parking must be made in advance due to limited space availability. 

Ticketed Fair Events

No filming, taping, photography or recording of any Grandstand show or event without prior consent and agreement. Requests for backstage or photo passes and/or reviewer seats are referred to the artist's management and/or label. Approved photos of Grandstand performances are available from the Iowa State Fair upon request at at least 48 hours prior to the show. 

Working Media Room

The air-conditioned media room is located in the Administration building from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Internet access, computer hook ups, electricity, desk space, news releases and restrooms are available. Media credentials will be required to enter. Entrance is located on the lower West side of the Adminstration building.