How to Get a Blue Ribbon at the 2023 Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (05/04/2023) (readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair is the premier showcase of the very best in Iowa each August. Blue ribbons are the coveted top award for competition at the Fair and it might be easier than you think to get your very own.

The Iowa State Fair competitive events are as diverse as the people in Iowa. There are thousands of different categories and competitions. From pies to quilts, photography to doll houses, woodworking, Lego® bricks, painting, fine arts, creative arts, sewing, clothing, flowers, vegetables, animals, wine, beer, BBQ sauce, salads, sandwiches, cake decorating and cinnamon rolls, to name a few. The Fair offers a variety of opportunities to put your unique talents on display.

It's easy to enter. Simply check out, click on the different categories and departments and submit your entry by the listed deadline.

Department rules, entry deadlines and entry forms can be accessed at While most entries are due July 1, a few select departments vary, so double check the guidelines for your specific entry. For more information regarding entry deadlines, competitions or the online entry system, contact the Competitive Events Department at or 515/262-3111 ext. 207.

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Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa's greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Best Days Ever at the Iowa State Fair August 10-20, 2023. For more information, visit