JOHNSON, IOWA (July 25, 2022) August means it's time for the Iowa State Fair, and for fair coverage on Iowa PBS. This year's programming begins August 10 with a live broadcast of the 2022 Iowa State Fair Parade. On August 13, the network will livestream the 2022 Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation with highlights of the event airing August 14. Fair coverage continues August 15-20 with Fair 2022 and wraps up on August 21 with the State Fair Talent Championship 2022.

The 2022 Iowa State Fair Parade will be broadcast statewide and livestreamed on FacebookYouTube and on Wednesday, August 10, 6:15PM. With high school marching bands, floats, cool cars, special causes and more, Iowa's largest parade is full of memorable moments.

Iowa PBS will offer a livestream of the 2022 Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation on FacebookYouTube, and on Saturday, August 13, beginning at 7PM. A ninety-minute highlights special will be broadcast Sunday, August 14, 6:30PM. This annual fair tradition brings together county fair queens from across the state who showcase the very best in personality, leadership, citizenship, and involvement in their local communities.

Fair 2022 nightly highlights air Monday, August 15 through Saturday, August 20, 9PM and 10PM and will include a total of more than seventy segments from around the fairgrounds. Featuring contests, unique stories, food, animals, music, and more, these hour-long programs are among the network's most-watched of the year. Fair fans around the world can also join Iowa PBS on Facebook or YouTube for a simultaneous premiere of each night's 9PM broadcast. All six episodes will be rebroadcast back-to-back on Sunday, August 21, beginning at 2PM.

Following the Sunday marathon, coverage of the finals of the State Fair Talent Championship 2022 will air Sunday, August 21, 8PM. The annual competition showcases some of the amazing talents of Iowa's youth.

Below is a list of topics scheduled for each Fair 2022 episode. Please note, topics are subject to change. Visit for the latest updates.

Monday, August 15, 9 and 10PM (Also airs Sunday, August 21, 2PM.)

State Fair Parade

New Fair Foods

Fair Prep — Llamas

Wheels of Agriculture

Ye Old Mill — 100 years

Wonder Bar Food Stand

Strolling Piano

Dollhouses and Miniatures

Big Animals

4-H Clothing

Red Trouser Show

State Fair Queen Coronation

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Tuesday, August 16, 9 and 10PM (Also airs Sunday, August 21, 3PM.)

The Great Iowan Recipe Contest

FFA Market Swine

Jason Brown Concert, Part 1

Vet Camp

Fair Prep — Quilts

Youth Livestock Judging

Cultural Building Demonstrations

ATV/UTV Racing

Wine Down in the Garden

Jason Brown Concert, Part 2

As If You Were There ... At the Fair 

Wednesday, August 17, 9 and 10PM (Also airs Sunday, August 21, 4PM.)

Cowgirl Queen

Duffy Lyon Sculpture

Butter Cow

Fine Arts

FFA Parade of Champions

Engine and Tractor Display

4-H Sheep

Fair Prep — New Fair Food Competition

Spin and Knit

Fiddlers Contest

Cuddles and Snuggles

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Thursday, August 18. 9 and 10PM (Also airs Sunday, August 21, 5PM.)

Beard Growing Contest

Rubber Chicken Show

Governor's Charity Steer Show

Pies Contest

Spencer Crandall Concert, Part 1

State Fair Queen Interview

Fair Flashback — Livestock Barns in 1979

FFA Horses

Line Dancing Lessons

Fair Prep — Ribbons

Spencer Crandall Concert, Part 2

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Friday, August 19, 9 and 10PM (Also airs Sunday, August 21, 6PM.)

Veterans Parade

Truck & Tractor Pulls

Fair Prep — 4-H Kid

The Kitchen

Fair Flashback — Cow Chip Contests

Cow Chip Throwing

Cowboy Mounted Shooting

BRKC Kids Yoga

DNR Courtyard

Mountain Man Camp

Farm to Fair Dinner

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Saturday, August 20, 9 and 10PM (Also airs Sunday, August 21, 7PM)

Sensory Friendly Morning

Commodity Food Producers

Fair Prep — FFA Kid

Fruit, Vegetable and Nut ID

Monster Arm Wrestling

Decorated Diaper Derby

Habitat for Humanity House

Big Wheel Races

Kids Joke Telling

Largest Rabbit

4-H and FFA Sale of Champions

As If You Were There ... At the Fair

Visit for more Fair 2022 activities and additional broadcast times. Follow Iowa PBS across social media for daily questions, quizzes and a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action. Join in on the daily coverage by sharing your favorite fair photos using #IowaPBSFair.

Support for Fair 2022 on Iowa PBS is provided by EMC Insurance and the Iowa Pork Producers.

In addition to its statewide broadcast, Iowa PBS .1 is available to livestream on, the PBS Video App, and YouTube TV. Iowa PBS programs, behind-the-scenes extras, and more can be enjoyed on iowapbs.orgFacebook, and YouTube. Viewers can also stream their favorite shows on demand using the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, and many streaming devices.

As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, non-commercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

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