Iowa State Fair





Fair Time Contests

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!

Fair time contest information will be posted in summer 2023.

    Join in the Fair contest fun!

    List of Fair Time Contests

    4x4 Stomper Pull

    Backgammon Tournament

    Banjo/Guitar/Mandolin Contests

    Bench Press/Deadlift Contest

    Bill Riley Talent Search

    Cornhole Tournament

    Checkers Tournament

    Chess Tournament

    Cribbage Tournament

    Decorated Diaper Contest and Diaper Derby

    Fiddlers’ Contest

    Fly Tying Competition

    Heritage Contests

      • Turkey Calling
      • Duck Calling
      • Youth Rooster Crowing
      • Chicken Calling
      • Piano Playing
      • Harmonica
      • Accordion
      • Beard Growing
      • Timber Sports
      • Cow Chip Throwing
      • Rubber chicken Throwing
      • Children’s Singing
      • Yodeling
      • Whistling
      • Husband Calling
      • Mom Calling
      • Children’s Joke Telling
      • Hog Calling
      • Nail Driving

      Mother-Daughter Look-A-Like

      Iowa Auctioneers Bid Calling

      Iowa Parks and Recreation Day

        • Bubble Gum Blowing
        • Elk’s Spot Shot
        • Pie Eating
        • Big Wheel Races
        • Bozo Ball
        • Scavenger Hunt

        Micro-Mini Tractor Pull

        Monster Arm Wrestling Championships

        Mr. Legs Contest

        Outhouse Races

        Pedal Tractor Pull

        Pigtail, Ponytail, Braid, Mullet and Mohawk Contest

        Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant

        Spelling Bee

        Tall Corn Contest

        Twins, Triplets and More Contest

        *Contests subject to change