We hope you’re excited to bring a little Fair back into your day - and for the opportunity to win some fun prizes! As part of our celebration of the Iowa State Fair this year, along with a nightly show featuring nearly 50 years of our Fair coverage, we'll have numerous ways you can enter familiar "contests" and answer questions for us that will enter you into weekly and grand prize drawings!

Each household can enter the "contests" below and share your stories with us as much as you want - for a chance to be featured on air or online. For each individual "contest" entered or question answered, a household will be entered to win one of our prizes one time, giving each household up to 13 entries total in our prize drawings. Stay tuned for our virtual scavenger hunt, which will give you another opportunity to enter our drawing! Check out all the fun ways to participate below.

Fair Fun "Contests"

Butter Sculpting Contest: Create your very own butter sculpture using 2 sticks of butter (max) and tools you have around the house. Submit a short description and a photo of your masterpiece and you'll receive one entry into our drawings and the chance to be featured in our Fair coverage! 

Pet Tricks Contest: Film a short video of your pet doing a trick. Upload your video and a short description of your pet, including its name and you'll receive one entry into our drawings and the chance to be featured in our Fair coverage! 

Ugliest Cake Contest: Participate in one of the best baking contests the Fair offers! Bake an ugly cake and then upload a photo and write a description of your creation and you'll receive one entry into our drawings and the chance to be featured in our Fair coverage! 

Kid Joke Telling Contest: This contest is one of the funniest parts of the Iowa State Fair! Upload a video clip of your favorite kid telling a joke and you'll receive one entry into our drawings and the chance to be featured in our Fair coverage! 

Ode to the Fair Contest: Pay tribute to the summer celebration you’re missing with your own poem in honor of the Iowa State Fair. Type your poem in the text box provided or upload a video of you reading it and you'll receive one entry into our drawings and the chance to be featured in our Fair coverage! 

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest: Create Fair-themed chalk art! Upload a picture of your chalk art and write a description and you'll receive one entry into our drawings and the chance to be featured in our Fair coverage! 

Decorated Masks Contest: Get your glitter glue out, your markers - or maybe even needle and thread - and create a Fair-themed face mask. Upload a picture of your mask and include a short description and you'll receive one entry into our drawings and the chance to be featured in our Fair coverage! 

 

 

Share Your Stories

We want to hear your stories and thoughts on the Iowa State Fair! Answer one of the questions below with a photo and description or submit a quick video.

  • What is your favorite Iowa State Fair memory?
  • What are you looking forward to most when the Fair returns?
  • What (real or imagined) Fair contest would you get a blue ribbon in?
  • What new Fair food concoction would you be excited to eat?
  • What makes the Iowa State Fair so meaningful to you?  
  • Bonus: Shoot yourselves saying "Goodnight Bill!" as part of a time-honored tradition of saying goodnight to host Bill Riley.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Our brand new interactive Fair map features decades of clips from the Iowa State Fair! Enter the virtual scavenger hunt for another entry into our drawings!

 

Drawing Details: We'll start doing weekly drawings for prizes starting the week of July 5 through the week of August 2, 2020. The grand prize drawing will take place the week of August 9, 2020. Entries submitted before August 2, 2020 put you in the drawing for a weekly prize, although the earlier you submit, the more weekly drawings you'll be entered into - every entry you submit puts you into our drawing each week until you win a prize. Winners will be chosen via a random draw, so the more you enter, the better your chance is of winning a prize. Households are limited to one entry per "contest" and Share Your Story question, for a total of 13 entries possible for the entire giveaway. Limit of one prize per household, so once you've won a prize you become ineligible to win future prizes in this giveaway. The giveaway is also limited to residents of the United States 18 and older. Prizes will be provided by the Iowa PBS Foundation.