Iowa State Fair

Food - The Hesitant Baker

August 15, 2022

Pam Van Essen of Ottumwa won first place and a $500 cash award in the Hesitant Baker competition, judged Saturday, August 13, at the 2022 Iowa State Fair.

Marianne Carlson of Jefferson earned second place and $100. Lauren Probst of Windsor Heights took third place.

Bakers were challenged to create a sheet cake with homemade frosting.

Entries were judged on taste, appearance and included story.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 128 divisions, 615 classes and nearly 6,300 tries at this year's Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air Adventure Park.