Iowa State Fair Entry Deadlines

DES MOINES, IA (06/08/2018) (readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair is home to over 65,000 competitive entries each year from Photography to Wood Projects and everything in between. Entrants in some competitive events may enter online, submit their entry by mail, postmarked by the deadline, or deliver them in person, depending on the category entered. Premium books and entry forms can be accessed at

While most entries are due July 1, deadlines do vary by department.

June 8 Fine Art Deadline - Fine Art entries must be submitted online at No late entries will be accepted.

June 16 Photography Deadline - Photography entries and entry form/fee need to be delivery to the Fairgrounds by June 16. Mailed Photography entries must be postmarked May 21 - June 9.

July 1 Deadlines - 4-H, Ag. & Hort. Crops*, Art Access* Beef Cattle, Boer Goat, Commercial Wine*, Creative Arts & Crafts*, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goat, Doll Houses & Miniature Rooms*, Fabric & Threads*, FFA, Floriculture, Food*, Heritage*, Horse, Llama, Oenology - Amateur Wine & Beer Making, Sheep, Swine, and Wood Projects.

July 14 Deadlines - Ag Mechanics & Technology*, Apiary – Beekeeping, Cowgirl Queen*, Dog, Pigeon, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep Shearing (Entries accepted until August 1 with a $10 late fee), Stock Dog Trials, and Wool Show entries.

*Must be a resident of Iowa to enter

For more information regarding entry deadlines, competitions or the online entry system, contact the Competitive Events Department at 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. "Nothing Compares" to Iowa State Fair Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit