First Time Fair Food Contest Entrants Battle For Top Honors
August 13, 2018
Pamela Lang of Johnston won first place and a $50 cash award in the Beginner’s Contest judged Saturday, August 11, at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.
Marcia Baumhover of Des Moines and Jennifer Simonton of Waukee tied for second place. Erin Anderson of Des Moines claimed third place.
This competition was limited to adults entering a Food Department contest for the first time.
Entries were judged on taste, presentation and originality.
1) Marcia Baumhover, Des Moines
2) Marjorie Macken, Readlyn
3) Victoria Miller, North Liberty
1) Pamela Lang, Johnston
2) Jennifer Simonton, Waukee
3) Erin Anderson, Des Moines
Honorable Mention – Lynn Kumagai, West Des Moines
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 171 divisions, 727 classes and over 9,574 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 Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.