State Fair

Agricultural education is a focus at the Iowa State Fair. From baby animals to food production and more, you will find plenty of exciting activities and events to explore more of Iowa's diverse agriculture industry.

But with the State Fair canceled, we want to help you bring a little Fair back into your day - and the opportunity to win some fun prizes! As part of our celebration of the Iowa State Fair this year, we have numerous ways you can enter familiar "contests" and answer questions that will give you a chance to earn that coveted blue ribbon (or other great prizes)!

Check out all the fun ways to participate below.

The Great Agriculture Cook-Off

Favorite family recipes and new innovative recipes will go head to head as Iowa commodity experts and Agriculture in the Classroom volunteers weigh in to judge the best dish! Participants will submit a recipe, photo of the dish, and agricultural facts. Each recipe will be followed and recreated by our judges to be tasted and rated. Participant creativity must be channeled to use at least two of the following Iowa agricultural commodities or a by-product of these commodities: corn, soybeans, pork, eggs, beef, and/or turkey. Winning recipes will receive gift cards of up to $75. For full contest rules, click here.

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Agriculture at the Fair - Writing Contest

Students in grades 3-12 can grab their quills, pick up their pens, or sit down at their keyboards and tap into their inner Shakespeare with this fun writing contest! Student winners in each category will receive $15 Amazon gift cards. Students can write a poem about their favorite fair food. Or they can write a short story about the journey an agricultural commodity made to get to the fair. Or they can imagine they were crowned royalty at the fair and draft an acceptance speech. For full contest rules, click here.

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Flat Aggie Photo Contest

Forget Flat Stanley! Now you can take Flat Aggie on a tour and capture photos of her adventures! Families will be able to print and color their own Flat Aggie, and take photos of Aggie exploring agriculture and science in the world around her. Post the photos on social media using the tag #FlatAggie2020. The winning family will get a tote bag prize full of the My Family’s Farm books and a $10 Amazon gift card. For full contest rules, click here. Download your Flat Aggie and get started!

Download Flat Aggie

State Fair Trivia

If you are a trivia buff, you'll love this! Test your knowledge of Iowa agriculture and the Avenue of Breeds in this fun quiz. Players of all ages are welcome. Perfect scores will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card. For full contest rules, click here.

Test Your Knowledge

Sidewalk Chalk Contest

Decorate your driveways and sidewalks with your favorite agriculture-related fair activities! Draw your favorite animal. Pick your favorite fruit or vegetable and put it on display. Draw the most unusual vegetable you have seen. Enjoy drawing your favorite “food on a stick”. Show us a drawing of your favorite piece of farm equipment. Bonus points - you can make your own sidewalk chalk with cornstarch, a byproduct of corn! Upload a picture of your chalk art and write a description and you'll be entered into our drawing for a chance to win a tote bag prize full of the My Family’s Farm books and a $10 Amazon gift card! Don't forget to organize a gallery walk in your local neighborhood to show off your artwork! For full contest rules, click here.

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Other Opportunities

Some of our friends and partners are joining in and offering experiences to celebrate the State Fair. Check out these opportunities.

Iowa Farm Bureau's Ag-Mazing Challenge

It’s fun, interactive and easy to play! All you have to do is complete various missions released each week to score points – while exploring and learning more about agriculture. Those earning 10,000 points will be entered into a drawing to win one of twenty $500 Visa gift cards. Plus, they have a chance to win one of 250 exclusive (highly sought after) 2020 ‘Missing Corndog’ t-shirts! Be sure to invite your friends to join in on the competition to see who’s first to reach 10,000 points (or more). For details and to start playing, visit

Iowa Beef Industry Council Hot Beef Sundae Cooking Contest

The Hot Beef Sundae made its debut in the Cattlemen's Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair in 2006 and quickly become a state fair staple for fair-goers. Although this year's fair is canceled, we thought we would bring this fan-favorite to your family's kitchen and spice things up with a side of competition. For details and to submit your entry, visit

Iowa PBS Fair Fun "Contests"

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 by visiting