Iowa State Fair

Food: Beginner's Contest

September 02, 2021

Christina McCleary of Des Moines won first place in the Beginner’s Contest, judged Saturday, August 14, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Krystal Bellis of Ankeny earned second place and Spencer Hall of Norwalk captured third place.

This special competition is limited to adults entering a Food Department contest for the first time.

Entries were judged on taste and appearance.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 134 divisions, 603 classes and nearly 6500 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air.