Categories and Premium Books

Fairgoers prepare more than 65,000 entries to compete at the Iowa State Fair each year! Here’s what you need to know to join in on the fun and competition.

The Fair’s competitive events are grouped into categories. Rules, schedules and entry forms for each category can be found in their respective premium book section. Use the drop down menu below to select the category you are interested in.

For further information, please contact the Competitive Events Department at or 515.262.3111 x207.

2019 concrete statue entry forms are now available online.  For more information, see Fair Time Contests.

Information for 2019 will be available after April 1.

select your entry category below

Iowa Family Living Premium Book

Iowa Family Living includes:

 Ag & Hort Crops, Apiary, Creative Arts & Crafts, Doll Houses & Miniature Rooms, Fabric & Threads, Floriculture, Food, Heritage, Iowa Commercial Wine, Oenology and Wood Projects.

Beginning May 1, entries will be accepted online or by mail.

Fine Art & Photography Premium Book

Fine Art - All entries must be submitted online at

Fine Art deadline - May 31, 2019

Photography - Learn how to mount your Iowa State Fair photos on our YouTube channel

Photography deadline - June 15 & 16, 2019

Open Class Petstock Premium Book

Beginning May 1, entries will be accepted online or by mail.

Horse & Pony Premium Book

Beginning May 1, entries will be accepted online or by mail.

Note: Cowgirl Queen entries must be submitted by paper copy.

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 - The online nomination/entry system will open in the spring.  All performance beef materials MUST be postmarked to the Entry Office by February 1st to be considered a valid nomination.

Other Premium Book

Exhibitor Camping

Limited space is available for livestock exhibitors to camp in the Livestock Exhibitor Camping areas. Registration and payment for these areas will be required in advance. Camping spots will be offered first to those who submitted a camping registration form, exhibited livestock and camped in the lots during the 2018 Fair.  To be added to the waiting list for on grounds exhibitor camping during the 2019 Iowa State Fair, please send a letter of request by May 1 to:
Iowa State Fair
Livestock Exhibitor Camping
P.O. Box 57130
Des Moines, IA  50317

Download information for the 2019 Fair (form available May 15)
Exhibitor Camping Rules
Exhibitor Camping Off-Grounds Form