The Iowa State Fair, Pioneer and media sponsors Iowa Farmer Today and WHO radio BIG SHOW are seeking entries for the 2019 Way We Live Award. The Way We Live Award, in its 11th year of recognizing outstanding farm families, will identify six Iowa families who exemplify hard working farm values and a love for the occupation of farming. So far, the Way We Live Award has been given to 63 well-deserving Iowa families.

To enter your family or someone you know, submit an entry form that describes how living on a farm and choosing the occupation of farming has shaped the family’s life. All entries must include a family picture that illustrates the family’s commitment to their farming operation. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair website: All entries must be postmarked or e-mailed by May 17, 2019.

Winners will receive a prize package including $250 cash, Fair admission, a parking pass, food vouchers and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Iowa State Fair, August 8-18, 2019.

Eligible families must be residents of Iowa and the farming operation can be centered around any agricultural commodity. Families may be entered by a member of the family or by others.

Applications must be postmarked by May 17, 2019 and sent to:

Iowa State Fair
Emily Wynn
PO Box 57130
Des Moines, Iowa 50317-0003
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For a listing of previous winners, visit