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Fabric and Threads - Toys and Dolls

Fabric and Threads - Toys and Dolls

August 10, 2023

Toys and Dolls Impress Judges at Iowa State Fair

Creative artists from around Iowa competed in the Toys and Dolls division of the Fabric and Threads Competition judged before the start of the 2023 Iowa State Fair. Each piece is judged upon design, workmanship and finishing.

Nancy Reis of Des Moines impressed the judges this year by winning Best of Show and being awarded the Sweepstakes honors.

The Fabric and Threads exhibits are on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal.

Complete results follow:


Stuffed Jointed Bear

1) Mary Martin, Pleasant Hill

2) Rita Apel, Nevada

3) Laura Severson, Story City

Stuffed Non-jointed Bear

1) Shelly Lilienthal, Altoona

Honorable Mention) Lois Larson, Webster City

Best Dressed Bear

1) Helene Viall, Des Moines

Stuffed Toy, Other than Bear, Non-jointed

1) Jamila Hulbert Kepple, Alden

2) Amelia Reed, Parnell

3) Catherine Russell, Cedar Rapids

Honorable Mention) Joyce Lien, Ames

Doll (stuffed, display)

1) Kathy Betterton, Indianola

2) Shirley Blair, Ankeny

Doll Garment

1) Nancy Reis, Des Moines

2) Judy Kroeger, Casey

3) Beth Wehrman, Maxwell

Honorable Mention) DeAnn Hebert, Madrid

Honorable Mention) Helene Viall, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Lynn Koester, Ankeny

Sweepstakes - Toys & Dolls

1) Nancy Reis, Des Moines

Best of Show - Toys & Dolls

1) Nancy Reis, Des Moines