Melinda Ellwanger of Des Moines won first place and a $100 Fareway gift certificate in the Miracle Whip Salads competition judged Thursday during the 2012 Iowa State Fair.
Jessica Rundlett of Des Moines claimed second place and a $75 gift certificate. Rita Johannsen of Des Moines earned third place and a $50 gift certificate.
Entries were judged on taste, appearance, originality and best use of Miracle Whip.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.
“Nothing Compares” to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.