The Iowa State Fair is YOUR Fair, and we want you to be involved! With contests, livestock shows, volunteering, talent shows, and commercial spaces at the Fair, there are many ways to showcase your talent. After all, you’re the reason that Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair!

For 2020 competition winners, see Results.

Bill Riley Talent Search

After 25 years on stage, Bill Riley will be retiring after the 2021 season of the Bill Riley Talent Search.

See the Talent

Bill Riley Talent Search

Commercial Space

Check out our rental space guide, rules and regulations and how to apply. 

Commercial Space Information

Varied Industries Commercial Space

How to Enter

In the spirit of tradition, the Iowa State Fair offers a wide variety of competitions and livestock shows. 

Learn How to Enter Competitions

There are all sorts of competitions to enter at the Fair!

Fair Time Contests

From the Backgammon Tournament to the Mr. Legs Contest, there is a Fair Time contest for YOU!

Find Fair Time Contest Info

Learn more about Fair time contests!

Parade

Iowa's largest parade kicks off Iowa's largest summer celebration, the Iowa State Fair.

Parade Information

Learn how to get involved with the State Fair Parade!

The Way We Live Award

An award for Iowa farm families who love the land and the product they produce.

Award Information

The Way We Live Award recognizes great farm families.

Volunteer

There are thousands of ways to get involved in the Fair from volunteers to sponsors.

Get Involved Today

Volunteer at the Fair!

What's New

Get the latest information on what is happening at the Iowa State Fair.

Get the News

Get the latest Fair info.