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Iowa State Fair 2019 Nightly Coverage on Iowa Public Television

JOHNSTON — Iowa Public Television has brought Iowa State Fair highlights statewide for 49 years and will once again broadcast extensive coverage on-air and online. This year’s programming begins August 7 with a live broadcast of the 2019 Iowa State Fair Parade, continues August 12-18 with Fair 2019 and the State Fair Talent Championship 2019, and concludes August 27 with a broadcast of the Shining Stars Talent Show

The 2019 Iowa State Fair Parade will be broadcast statewide and livestreamed on Facebook and on Wednesday, August 7 at 6:15 p.m. Iowa’s largest parade features high school marching bands, floats, animals, vehicles and more as the procession makes its way through downtown Des Moines.

Fair 2019 nightly highlights air Monday, August 12 through Saturday, August 17 at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Featuring contest results, unique stories, food, animals, music and more, these hour-long programs are among the network’s most-watched of the year. Fair 2019 will also be livestreamed on Facebook and Host Bill Riley will join viewers on Facebook, responding to comments and questions in the livestream chats. Episodes will be rebroadcast back-to-back on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 2 p.m.

Following the marathon, coverage of the finals of the State Fair Talent Championship 2019 will air Sunday, August 18 at 8 p.m. The annual competition showcases some of the amazing talents of Iowa’s young people.

This year, IPTV will also broadcast Shining Stars Talent Show, a new talent competition organized by the Bill Riley Talent Show for people up to age 30 with special needs.

Below is a list of topics scheduled for each Fair 2019 episode. Please note, topics are subject to change. Visit for the latest updates. 

Monday, August 12 at 9 & 10:30 p.m. (Also airs Sunday, August 18 at 2 p.m.) 

State Fair Parade

New Fair Foods

FFA Swine

Butter Sculpting Contest

Kachunga & The Alligator

Mutton Bustin’

Iowa State Fair Volunteers

Food Contest - Ugliest Cake

Iowa Honey Producers

4-H Horse Show

Fair Flashback

Open Air Painting at the Fair


As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Tuesday, August 13 at 9 & 10:30 p.m. (Also airs Sunday, August 18 at 3 p.m.) 

Monster Arm Wrestling

Butter Cow

Cowgirl Queen Contest

Fair Flashback

Weed Identification Contest

Big Animals

Bacon Buddies

Cultural Building Artist Profile

FFA Parade of Champions

Food Contest - Best Banana Bread

Rock-It The Robot

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Wednesday, August 14 at 9 & 10:30 p.m. (Also airs Sunday, August 18 at 4 p.m.) 

Politics on a Stick

Horseshoe Pitching

Dairy Tours 

Fishy Fun Day

Queen Contest & Interview

FFA Tractor Restoration

Governor’s Charity Steer Show 

Fair Flashback 

Food Contest - Jams & Jellies 

Chainsaw Carver

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Thursday, August 15 at 9 & 10:30 p.m. (Also airs Sunday, August 18 at 5 p.m.) 

Most Unusual Vegetable Contest 

4-H Sheep 

Rooster Crowing Contest

Fair Flashback


Youth Livestock Judging Contest 

Veterans Parade 

Cookout Contest

Sea Lion Splash


County Fair Kings 

Fair After Dark: Hungry Games 

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Friday, August 16 at 9 & 10:30 p.m. (Also airs Sunday, August 18 at 6 p.m.) 

Timber Sports Contests

4-H Grand Champion Steer 

Riding the Rides

Fair Flashback

Accordion Contest 

Have You Herd? 

Grandstand Racing History

Cow Chip Throwing 

Church Cookbook Recipe Contest 

Shining Stars

Snakes Alive

Fly Tying Competition 

Bubblegum Blowing Contest

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Saturday, August 17 at 9 & 10:30 p.m. (Also airs Sunday, August 18 at 7 p.m.) 

Kids Joke Telling Contest

Chess Tournament

Rubber Chicken Throwing

Fair by Air

Fair Scavenger Hunt

Fair Flashback

Food Contest - Decorated Cakes

Pie Eating Contest

Elvis Impersonator

4-H Family Volunteers

Goat Yoga with Kids

4-H & FFA Sale of Champions

Support for Fair 2019 is provided by EMC Insurance Companies and the Iowa Lottery.

Visit for more Fair 2019 activities and additional broadcast times. 

For more information about Iowa Public Television, please contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or

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