2020 Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA LIvestock Show

Presented by Alliant Energy

In the spirit of tradition, the Iowa State Fairgrounds was excited to host the 2020 Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show, presented by Alliant Energy. Held with the same prestige and competition found at the Iowa State Fair, the 2020 Special Edition showcased the superior showmanship, hard work, and determination of Iowa’s 4-H and FFA youth. 

Purpose: To support the mission statement of the Iowa State Fair by providing an opportunity for Iowa 4-H and FFA youth to showcase their hard work and livestock projects.

Eligibility:  Open to Iowa 4-H and FFA exhibitors who nominated livestock projects for the 2020 Iowa State Fair. Shows were held for the following:          

  • FFA Beef
  • FFA Horse
  • FFA Meat Goat
  • FFA Poultry*
  • FFA Rabbit*
  • FFA Sheep
  • FFA Swine
  • FFA & 4-H Dairy Cattle
  • FFA & 4-H Dairy Goats
  • 4-H Beef
  • 4-H Horse
  • 4-H Meat Goat
  • 4-H Poultry*
  • 4-H Rabbit
  • 4-H Sheep
  • 4-H Swine
    *nomination not required

Schedule: The schedule in 2020 allowed more room for exhibitors to obey social distancing recommendations.  The separation of the shows allowed for the Fairgrounds to be cleaned thoroughly between sessions.   

**Some shows and competitions were not offered for 2020. This included the 4-H Dog Show, all carcass and/or performance contests including FFA Performance Beef, 4-H Beef of Merit, Sheep and Swine Carcass Contests, Livestock Skillathons, and non-show competitions (no poster presentations, etc.). No Showmanship classes were conducted this year. Just simply the livestock shows themselves.

Competition Results

2020 4-H Show Iowa

Find more information about the 2020 4-H Show Iowa on the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach website.

select your entry category below

FFA Premium Book

Iowa FFA members who are interested in entering FFA shows at the Iowa State Fair need to contact their Chapter Advisor.

Advisors: Click below to submit nominations and entries -

Nominate/Enter Online

Nomination deadline is May 15, 2021.  Entry deadline is July 1, 2021.

(Performance Beef weigh-in sheet, DNA sample and payment are due February 1, 2021.)


As an agricultural institution, we are proud to share our rich heritage through livestock education, entertainment and competition. The Iowa State Fair does not condone animal mistreatment of any kind. We have strict animal care policies in place, codes of ethics for 4-H and FFA members to abide by and an Animal Care Committee. We strive to make the Iowa State Fair a safe and enjoyable place for people and animals alike.

Purpose of the Animal Care Committee: The Animal Care Committee was established by the Iowa State Fair Board to ensure that all animals at the Fair receive the best care that is possible and practical. The Iowa State Fair is a showplace for animal agriculture in the state. Many animal species, in addition to livestock, are on exhibition at the Fair. Many attendees are not familiar with common standards of care for livestock, pets and other animals. The animal displays and exhibits are intended to provide enjoyment and education for exhibitors and the general public. The Committee endeavors to enhance the image of animal ownership, the Fair and to provide a positive experience for all involved.  

Code of Ethics/Premium Book Rules:

Iowa 4-H Code of Ethics

FFA Good Conduct Policy and Code of Show Ring Ethics

General Livestock Rule & Regulations - Code of Show Ring Ethics

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