7 Tips for Entering the IAFE Contests
7. Visit www.iafecontest.com for more information. All the information you are sure to need can be located on the new and improved contest website. Find frequently asked questions, judging criteria, lists of previous contest winners, and more by browsing the website. Still have a question? Contact Brittney at the IAFE office. Her contact information is…..on the website!
6. Understand how and when to submit. It would be a good idea to submit your website and mobile app when they are at their peak (approx. 30 days prior to your fair). Judges are given 30 days to judge these items. ALL entries must be uploaded on the contest website. However, some entries may also require you to mail in your entries. All entries must be received in the IAFE office by the deadline (October 1, 2018 - EOD). Is your event too close to that deadline to submit entries? No problem! Submit entries from your 2018 fair into the 2019 IAFE Contest!
5. Read ALL rules. Did you know the IAFE and the respective committees explain the judging criteria, often give examples of entries, and provide guidelines within the rules? If it’s in the rules, it’s a solid rule. Don’t submit a poster board that is the wrong size, a TV commercial that is the wrong length, or too many pages of supporting materials. Yes, the judges will notice and yes, they will care.
4. Delegate. Want to enter an awesome agricultural exhibit, but you’re not the expert in that field? Ask the person who is to either (1) send you the necessary information, or (2) fill out the category forms. The forms may need tweaking after you receive them back, but at least you have the information you need!
3. Refer to previous entries. Not sure what the judges are looking for in a specific category? Pull out your trusted contest USB and glance at previous years. The USB contains the winners in most categories, so you will know what type of entry they are looking for. They are NOT, however, looking for a duplication of previous entries. Judges prefer original ideas that can be shared with other fairs.
2. Develop a game plan BEFORE your fair. You’ve worked hard all year to execute a successful event consisting of many great aspects. Be sure to read through the categories before your fair to determine what will best fit into each one. This ensures you will get the proper supporting materials, such as photos, you need to enhance your contest entries. Involve your entire team with this step. Someone else in your office may have an outstanding idea just waiting to be shared.1. Watch this video.
Kari Mergen from the Missouri State Fair has completed her fair share of contest entries, and participated in the judging process for many years. During this recording, you will hear her expert advice on preparing entries, what to look for, changes that were made for the 2018 contest year and more.
*NEW in 2018*: ALL entries must be submitted online. This includes attaching the digital version of your entry to your submission. You no longer need to mail a USB with the digital versions of your entries included.
Any entry that is judged in Springfield MUST be shipped/mailed to the IAFE Office: 3043 E Cairo St; Springfield, MO 65802. Entries must be RECEIVED by the deadline (October 1, 2018). See a complete list of those judged in Springfield in the "FAQ" tab under "How To Enter".