Deadline Approaches

DES MOINES — July 1 is the deadline to enter the Iowa State Fair Parade and many of the Fair’s competitive events.

The Iowa State Fair invites all community and youth groups, special interest clubs and businesses to join the fun and see how “Nothing Compares to My State Fair” by entering the State Fair parade, Iowa’s largest parade and the kick-off to the 2016 Fair. Applications are available at or by contacting Tonya Cook at 515-262-3111 ext. 215 or No entries will be accepted after July 15.

Entrants in competitive events may enter online or submit their entry by mail. Premium books and entry forms can be accessed at

While most entries are due July 1, deadlines do vary by department. Many departments will accept late entries through July 8 with additional fees.

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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