When and Where Summary

Fair-Day Schedule for Students

Mall Entry: You can bring your exhibit into the mall through any public entrance. If your exhibit is heavy or hard to move, we suggest that you first come in, register, and find out where you will set it up; then you can bring your exhibit in through the closest entrance. We will post signs throughout the mall to direct you to registration.

Set-Up Time: Registration and set-up will start at 8:00 AM. All exhibits must be set up in the exhibit area by 8:55 AM. If you will need to arrive late, or need more time to set up your exhibit, you should contact the Fair Director or Safety & Standards (see the Contact Us page) before the Fair to make special arrangements.

Parking: You can park near the mall entrances for loading and unloading. By 10:00 AM you should move your vehicle at least 200 feet away. Mall businesses open at 10:00 AM and some stay open until 9:00 PM; please be considerate of the mall’s customers.

Student Meeting: A 15-minute meeting for students will be held at 9:00 AM to go over orientation and rules reminders. All students must attend. We will announce the meeting’s location on Fair day.

Judging Interviews: By 9:30 AM you should be at your exhibit for judging interviews. Judges for EISEF Awards will start coming to evaluate your exhibit at 9:30 AM and will continue until about 1:00 PM. You should plan to stay at your exhibit continuously between 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Judging for Sponsored Awards also starts at 9:30 AM and may continue until 2:00 PM.

Afternoon Viewing: After lunch you should be at your exhibit at least half of the time between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, for Sponsored Awards judging and viewing by the public.

Finalist Interviews: At about 1:00 PM we will post the Class I Finalists in the Senior Divisions, along with their interview times. If you are one of these students, congratulations! Now our Finalist Judges will interview you, to see whether you will represent EISEF at the International Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You need to be at your exhibit about 15 minutes before your interview; a Fair official will come escort you to the interview. The interviews will start at about 2:30 PM and run until almost 5:00 PM.

Early Departure: You must not dismantle your exhibit before 5:00 PM without special permission. You must dismantle it between between then and 6:00 PM. If you can’t remove the pieces of your exhibit from the mall until after the awards ceremony, we will provide a place where you can store them. The awards ceremony should end by 8:30 PM. After that, you will need to remove your exhibit from the mall before the mall closes at 9:00 PM.

Awards Ceremony: The awards ceremony will begin at about 7:00 PM and should end by 8:30 PM. The location will be posted on Fair Day. Decisions of the judges shall be final.

We also have a complete schedule for the day.

Schedule for Fair Day

Eastern Iowa Science & Engineering Fair
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

All times are subject to change, even during the Fair.

8:00 AM–8:55 AM Student Registration: Students set up their exhibits in Lindale Mall. Our Safety & Standards Committee will review your paperwork and check your exhibit for safety.
9:00 AM–9:30 AM Student Briefing: Additional rules and orientation at the mall’s center court. All students must attend.
8:00 AM–9:00 AM Judges Registration, outside Fair Headquarters.
8:00 AM–9:30 AM Registration for Sponsored Awards Judges, inside Fair Headquarters.
9:00 AM–9:30 AM Judges’ Orientation: Conducted by the Judging Chair, in or near Fair Headquarters.
9:30 AM–1:00 PM Exhibit Judging: EISEF Judging and student interviews.
9:30 AM–2:00 PM Judging for Sponsored Awards.
10:00 AM Lindale Mall Businesses Open: Please park your vehicle at least 200 feet from the mall’s entrances, as a courtesy to our hosts and their customers.
1:00 PM Senior Finalists Notified. All Senior students, be at your exhibit until we’ve posted the finalists.
1:00 PM Lunch: Enjoy Lindale Mall’s various restaurants and delis.
1:00 PM–5:00 PM Public Viewing: Students to be at their exhibits at least half the time. Don’t be away from your exhibit more than 20 minutes at a time.
1:15–2:15 PM Finalist Preliminary Interviews: Senior Division finalists interviewed at your exhibit. Senior Finalists, stay at your exhibit until the finalist judges have interviewed you.
2:30 PM–5:00 PM Finalist Interviews: Senior Division finalists interviewed to select the Senior Champions. Senior Finalists should be at their exhibits 15 minutes before their interview; a Fair official will escort you to your interview.
2:00 PM Sponsored Awards Judging results due.
3:00–4:00 PM Teachers/Adult Sponsors Meeting: We will post the location at Student Registration and in Fair Headquarters.
5:00 PM–6:00 PM Exhibit Teardown: Students must pack their exhibits and remove them. If you can’t remove your exhibit until after the Awards Ceremony, we may provide a place for you to store it.
7:00 PM–8:30 PM Awards Presentation Ceremony: We will announce the location on Fair Day.
After Awards Ceremony  Final Exhibit Removal: You must leave the mall and take your exhibit and belongings with you. We will give all unidentified valuables to mall Security.

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Lindale Mall’s web site

Map & directions to Lindale

Here’s a map of the highways and streets around Lindale:

Where to go inside Lindale

  • You can park near the public entrances for loading and unloading.
  • By 10:00 AM you should move your vehicle at least 200 feet away. Mall businesses open at 10:00 AM and some stay open until 9:00 PM; please be considerate of the mall’s customers.
  • Here are the key EISEF locations at Lindale:
    • EISEF Headquarters: Main level near Younkers, in the former Kirlin’s Hallmark.
    • Student registration: Center Court, near the escalator.
    • Judges’ registration: Outside EISEF HQ.
    • Sponsored Awards registration: Inside EISEF HQ.
    • Teachers’ meeting: Lower level by Center Court, 3:00–4:00 PM.
Lindale Mall layout

Lindale emergency contact

Is there an emergency number we can call on Fair Day to contact someone at the Mall about EISEF?

  • Lindale Mall: (319) 431–4755

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