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Fair Time Contests

The Iowa State Fair has contests for all ages throughout the Fair. Contests are open to kids and adults. From the Backgammon Tournament to the Mr. Legs Contest, there is a contest for YOU!

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    2024 Spelling Bee

    The 2024 Spelling Bee will be held at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, August 9, 2024. Find eligibility and participation rules.

    Fair Time Contests

    Find listings of the different types of Fair Time Contests you can enter at the Fair!

    • 4 x 4 Stomper Pull
    • Backgammon Tournament
    • Banjo/Guitar/Mandolin Contests
    • Bench Press/Deadlift Contest
    • Best Bagger Contest
    • Bill Riley Talent Search
    • Checkers Tournament
    • Chess Tournament
    • Cornhole Tournament
    • Cribbage Tournament
    • Decorated Diaper Contest and Diaper Derby
    • Fiddlers' Contest
    • Fly Tying Competition
    • Iowa Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Finals
    • Iowa Parks and Recreation Day
    • Micro-Mini Tractor Pull
    • Monster Arm Wrestling Championships
    • Mr. Legs Contest
    • Pedal Tractor Pull
    • Pigtail, Ponytail, Braid, Mullet & Mohawk Contest
    • Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant
    • Spelling Bee
    • Twins, Triplets and More Contest


    • Heritage Contests
      • Tallest Corn Contest
      • Turkey Calling
      • Duck Calling
      • Youth Rooster Crowing
      • Ladies' Chicken Calling
      • Piano Playing Contest
      • Harmonica
      • Accordion
      • Beard Growing Contest
      • Timber Sports
      • Cow Chip Throwing
      • Ladies' Rubber Chicken Throwing
      • Children's Singing
      • Yodeling
      • Whistling
      • Husband Calling
      • Mom Calling
      • Children's Joke Telling
      • Hog Calling
      • Ladies Nail Driving
      • Mother/Daughter Look-A-Like

    *Contests subject to change.

    Twins, Triplets and More Contest
    Cow Chip Throwing