The Iowa State Fair is searching for five farm families to recognize with the Way We Live Award at the 2009 Fair, August 13-23. These families must exemplify farm values derived from hard work and a love for the occupation of farming.

To enter, 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. Also include a family picture that illustrates the family’s commitment to their farming operation. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair web site ( All entries must be postmarked by May 1.

Nominated families should show dedication to animal agriculture in their daily lives and in the lives of their family members. Winners will receive a prize package including $150 cash, Fair admission tickets and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair.

Eligible families must be residents of Iowa whose farming operation is centered on animal agriculture and may nominate themselves or be nominated by others.

Send entries to:
The Way We Live Award, Iowa State Fair, P.O. Box 57130, Des Moines, Iowa 50317-0003

For questions about the award, contact Emily Brewer at 515.262.3111 x244 or

“State Fair Time” in 2009 is set August 13-23. For Fair information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit