Centerville Cook Named Top State Fair Banana Bread Baker
August 13, 2017
Molly Thomas of Centerville won First Place Overall in the Ultimate Banana Bread competition, judged Thursday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Carole Pinney of Winfield earned Second Place Overall and Andrea Spencer of Stanton claimed Third Place Overall.
Entries were judged texture, flavor, aroma and appearance.
Banana Bread (no nuts)
1) Carole Pinney, Winfield
2) Andrea Spencer, Stanton
3) Marjorie Rodgers, Indianola
Banana Nut Bread
1) Molly Thomas, Centerville
2) Michelle Burgmeier, Lockridge
3) Linda Anderson, Urbandale
Honorable Mention - Bridget Lottman, Norwalk
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.
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 State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.