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State Fair At Home!

Fair season is every Iowan’s favorite time of the year. While this year’s Iowa State Fair can’t be the same, the Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation has a solution that allows people to enjoy some of their favorite fair activities… from home!

The Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation is opening up five popular contests typically held at the State Fair. And, yes, of course there are prizes! These five contests include the Great Agriculture Cook-Off, Agriculture at the Fair - Writing Contest, a Flat Aggie Photo Contest, State Fair Trivia, and the Sidewalk Chalk Contest. Prizes vary by contest but may include a prize bag, a set of My Family’s Farm books, and gift cards to Amazon and other companies varying from $10-$75! These virtual contests will unlock your creativity, keep you and your family busy, and will bring back a little bit of that fair spirit.

Iowa Ag Literacy isn’t the only group creating fair fun activities. Iowa Farm Bureau is hosting an ‘Ag-Mazing Challenge.’ This scavenger hunt holds over $10,000 in prizes and allows participants to explore and learn more about agriculture in the process!*

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the food lovers! While we can’t give you the same fair food experience, we’ve linked some recipes that allow you to recreate some delicious treats at home! These fair recipes from home include deep-fried cookies, funnel cakes, turkey legs, caramel corn, and so many other mouth-watering snacks.

While we’re sad this year’s fair won’t look the same as previous years, we are doing our best to maintain a positive outlook by altering State Fair favorites for Iowans to safely participate in. We hope to see you all next year at the Iowa State Fair 2021!

*Contest Dates

The Great Agriculture Cook Off

Submissions Due: August 12

Contest Ends: August 29

Winners Announced: August 31

Agriculture at the Fair - Writing Contest

Submissions Due: August 28

Winners Announced: Early September

Sidewalk Chalk Contest

Submissions Due: August 23

Winners Announced: August 24

Iowa State Fair Trivia

Submissions Accepted: August 13-23

Winners Announced: by the week of August 23

Flat Aggie Photo Contest

Submissions Accepted: August 1-17

Voting Period: August 18-23

Winners Announced: August 24


Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation’s “No Fair, No Problem” contests:

Iowa Farm Bureau Ag-Mazing Scavenger

Fair Recipes From Home:

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