fair-ovation

New this year, the Iowa State Fair with the Governor's STEM Advisory Council will be hosting Fair-ovation Sunday, August 13, at the Oman Family Youth Inn for grades 3rd - 12th. Fair-ovation is an opportunity to gain feedback on your ideas, inventions and concepts from professionals in a variety of fields, all while vying for the top prize! This contest is open to individuals and teams. 

Submit completed entry from by July 1, 2017 through mail or email.

Iowa State Fair
Fair-ovation
PO Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317

Email: ewynn@iowastatefair.org. 
Any questions contact ewynn@iowastatefair.org

Fair-ovation Registration Form
Fair-ovation Flyer

Coloring contests

Take part in the various wacky Coloring Contests this year. All entries must be submitted by August 1, 2017 by mail.

kids coloring Division

This contest is open to children ages 3-10 and will be divided into four age divisions: 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds; 7-8 year olds and 9-10 year olds.  There is also an Anything Goes division where anything can be added to the coloring sheet such as glitter, ribbon, felt, stickers, etc.

3-4 Year Olds
5-6 Year Olds
7-8 Year Olds
9-10 Year Olds
Anything Goes
Coloring Contest Entry Form

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Division

This contest is open to youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at ANY age. Please send only one entry per entrant and only use crayons, colored pencils and/or markers. 

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Entry Form
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Coloring Sheet

All entires must be submitted by August 1, 2017 by mail.

Coloring Contest
Iowa State Fair
PO Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317

Email: ewynn@iowastatefair.org. 
Any questions contact ewynn@iowastatefair.org

Concrete Statues

Take part in the 2017 Iowa State Fair theme, “Nothing Compares to State Fair Thrills,” by decorating your very own State Fair Ferris wheel cement statue. In 2017, the Fair will be showcasing a limited number of 3 ¼ foot tall Iowa State Fair Ferris wheels to celebrate the grand opening of new ride areas called Thrill Parks. The statues will be displayed throughout the grounds, August 10-20, 2017.

Individuals, clubs and companies are invited to participate by simply completing the application with your proposed design. Selected applicants will then pick-up the statue from the concrete manufacturer at Created in Johnston, paint it, and return the statue to the Fairgrounds. Following the Fair, the statue is yours to keep.

*Return applications by May 15th to:

Iowa State Fair
Attention: Tonya Cook
P.O. Box 57130
Des Moines, IA 50317

2017 Concrete Application 

2016 Annual Contests

Download rules and details for contests from the 2016 Fair.