Iowa State Fair

Food: Tribute to Bessie

August 18, 2021

Alison Bowlin-Frank of West Des Moines won first place and a $150 cash award in the Tribute to Bessie- Chicken Pot Pie contest, judged Saturday, August 14, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Sharon Lesan of Ankeny claimed second place and $75. Daniel Hodges of Ames earned third place and $50.

Judges also awarded Honorable Mention to Rachel Petersen of Knoxville.

Entries were judged on taste, appearance and creativity.

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.