Design the 2024 Iowa State Fair T-Shirt Today!

March 29, 2024
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Happy Friday! As we are wrapping up the month of March, it is almost time for the kick-off of our annual T-Shirt Contest! This contest is sponsored by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and allows everyone the opportunity to show off their creative talents! Not only do you have the opportunity to create the Iowa State Fair T-Shirt, but 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners also get some special Iowa State Fair prizes!

This year’s Iowa State Fair theme, “Fair Fever” gives everyone a great opportunity to be creative and show that they have what it takes to design a t-shirt. Everyone has until MAY 1 to enter their original designs. Following this deadline, the selection committee will get to work and have the top five designs selected. The top 5 designs will then be posted to the Iowa Blue Ribbon Foundation Facebook Page for public voting. This voting will be open May 8th-14th, with the winner being announced on May 15th. The prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place include the following:

  • 1st Place
    • Your T-shirt design is produced and sold at the Iowa State Fair
    • 2 T-shirts, 2 Gate Admission Tickets, 2 Fair Value Packs, 2 Tickets to a Grandstand Concert of Your Choice, $50 in Food Coupons, and Parking for a Select Day of the Fair
  • 2nd Place
    • 2 Gate Admission Tickets, $25 in Food Coupons and Parking for a Select Day of the Fair
  • 3rd Place
    • 2 Gate Admission Tickets and $25 in Food Coupons

I personally do not think there is a better way to creatively show off what the Iowa State Fair means to you than to enter this contest. You could even spend a night doing this with your family or friends to make it even more fun!

In addition to having fun, this contest is also an excellent opportunity to support the state fair! The t-shirt design that is selected will serve as one of the Iowa State Fair T-shirts sold by the Blue Ribbon Foundation. The funds raised will go towards renovation projects in order to enhance different historic locations and features on the Fairgrounds.

For further explanation, read the rules and guidelines.

You can send your designs to or by mail to the following address:

                Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation
                PO Box 57130
                Des Moines, IA 50317

If you have any questions, please email or call (515) 262-3111 Ext 371. We look forward to seeing the designs that everyone submits by May 1! You can find the design winners from last year below.