Nominations for “Way We Live” awards

DES MOINES — The Iowa State Fair, along with DuPont Pioneer with media sponsors Iowa Farmer Today, WHO Radio and The BIG SHOW are seeking nominations for 2018 Way We Live awards. The Way We Live award, celebrating 10 years, will recognize 10 outstanding Iowa families who exemplify hard working farm values and a love for the occupation of farming. Over the past nine years, Way We Live awards have been given to 53 well-deserving Iowa families.

To enter or nominate someone you know, submit an entry form along with a 500-1500 word essay describing how living on a farm and choosing the occupation of farming has shaped the family’s life. All entries must include a family picture that illustrates the family’s commitment to their farming operation. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair website: All entries must be postmarked or e-mailed by May 15, 2018.

Winners will receive a prize package including $250 cash, Fair admission tickets, a parking pass, food vouchers and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair, August 9-19, 2018.

Eligible families must be residents of Iowa and farming operations should be centered on animal agriculture. Families may be nominated by a member of the family or by others.
Applications must be postmarked by May 15th and sent to: The Way We Live Award, Iowa State Fair, PO Box 57130, Des Moines, Iowa 50317-0003 or e-mail all materials to ewynn [at] iowastatefair [dot] org

For a listing of previous winners, visit



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