NEW Kids Competition at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (05/18/2023) (readMedia)-- There's no better place to be a kid than the Iowa State Fair, and kids love the chance to win ribbons! Kids in all age categories have a chance to enter a favorite food, photo, art project, seed art and more at the Iowa State Fair. Learn about entering a new Ag Art Contest at the Fair, as well as your favorite competitions.

New in 2023, kids can enter the Ag Art Contest. There are four age divisions: 3-4 years old, 5-6 years old, 7-8 years old and 9-12 years old, as well as a division for youth and adults with intellectual development disabilities of any age. Each entry should be a drawing demonstrating the theme "Farmers are Heroes" on 8 ½"x11" white paper. Each drawing should be in color, using a medium of your choice. Ag Art Contest entries are due July 10.

Find Ag Art Contest rules and entry forms at

Mail entries to:

Ag Art Contest

Iowa State Fair

PO Box 57130

Des Moines, IA 50317-0003

There are also competitions for kids to enter a favorite food, photo, art piece and seed art at the Fair. Did you know there are over 30 food divisions kids can enter at the Fair, ranging from your favorite snacks to candy and s'mores?

Competition opportunities are also available for youth creativity and artistry. Fine Art and Photography departments have specific age categories for kids to enter art pieces and photography, and kids can design a picture using seeds in the Floriculture department. Entrants in the Creative Arts and Crafts department can even find youth divisions, including building blocks, paper crafts, basketry, china painting and tole and decorative painting. Youth can also enter fabric and threads projects at the Fair.

It's easy to enter competitions at the Fair. 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.


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