Saturday, August 15 Iowa State Fair Highlights
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Des Moines, IA
With so much adventure and excitement to experience here at the Iowa State Fair, here’s a brief recap of what you may have missed today and what to expect tomorrow.
Skip Hitchcock of Muscatine won first place in the Best Tasting Tomato competition, judged Saturday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. His Jersey Boy variety tomato bested a record of 40 other entrants to win the top prize.
Dave Francois of Central City won second place with his Mortgage Lifter variety of tomato.
The Fair’s new Iowa wine, Iowa beer and Iowa soda showcase, “Top of the Vine,” is now open. It is located next to Grandfather’s Barn and is a short distance east of the Cultural Center. It opens at 9 a.m. and closes at midnight.
Garden savvy visitors to the Iowa State Fair put their knowledge to the test in the Weed Identification Contest. Contestants were challenged to identify up to 40 pesky plants. Madelyn DeJong of Montezuma won first place in the Youth class. Matthew Vandehaar of Altoona won first place in the General class, and in the Professional class, Lowell Sandell of Lincoln, Neb. earned first place.
The State Fair Weed Identification Contest is conducted by Iowa State University Extension and the Integrated Roadside Pest Management Program to educate the public about weedy plants.
Coming Up Sunday, August 16
- The Monster Arm Wrestling Tournament starts at Noon in the Penningroth Media Center in the Putney Family Cattle Barn. Weigh-ins begin at 10 a.m.
- The Fiddlers contest takes place in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall beginning at 10 a.m. with the age 50 and over competition. The Fiddle Championships begin at 3 p.m.
- Reba McEntire performs on the Grandstand stage at 8 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert.
About Iowa State Fair
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair, located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines, is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Nothing Compares to Fair Favorites, August 8-18, 2019. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.