Corn Festival Exhibit Book

Here’s an opportunity to showcase your creativity at this year’s Corn Palace Festival. You can bake a cake, color or create a picture, show off your homegrown produce, design a flower arrangement or make one of the many other options.

Ages six and over are eligible to compete in the Corn Palace Festival Open Class Exhibits. (Age as of Tuesday, August 23, 2016). Categories include: Art, Crafts and Photography, Foods, Horticulture/Agriculture, Floriculture, and Culinary.

Open Class Exhibit Book

All requirements for each exhibit can be found in the Open Class Exhibit Book. Each exhibit must be marked with an entry tag containing the exhibitor’s name, age, category, class, division, and a brief description of the exhibit. There is a maximum of one entry per person per class. Only one grand prize will be awarded per participant. Participants who win grand prize in multiple categories will be awarded their ribbons in each winning category, but only one Passport to Fun or concert ticket will be awarded.

Exhibit Book Documents

Submitting and Picking Up Exhibits

Exhibits must be delivered to the Corn Palace on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 by 6 p.m. The judging will begin at that time. All projects will be displayed by 2 p.m. the following day. All exhibits must be picked up from the Corn Palace on Sunday, August 28, 2016 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or they will be discarded.

When submitting perishable items, all produce becomes Corn Palace property. We are not responsible for the exhibits.

Beginner Exhibits

All beginner exhibits will be given a ribbon. A grand champion, first and second place ribbon will be awarded in all other divisions. A grand champion will be announced in each division of every class and will receive a ribbon along with a Corn Palace Festival prize (carnival ride pass or concert ticket).


Exhibits will be judged on Visual appearance, Originality, and Workmanship/Craftsmanship.

Class Numbering System Example

Arts and Crafts 001 (B):
  • The word(s) is the Category - Arts and Crafts
  • The 3 digits are the Class - 001
  • The letter in parentheses is the Division:
    • (B) Beginning level, ages 6-12
    • (J) Junior level, ages 13-18
    • (S) Senior level, ages 19 and over
(Age as of Tuesday, August 23, 2016)

For more information or questions, call the Corn Palace Box Office at 605-995-8430.