August 10, 2019
An Iowa State Fair snack staple, the cheese curd, was elevated to culinary royalty in the Cinnamon Ridge Favorite Cheese Curd Appetizer competition, judged Thursday, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Bridget Lottman of Norwalk won first place and a $100 gift card.
Olivia Caron Smith of Winterset earned second place and a $75 gift card.
Patty Hunt of Ankeny claimed third place and a $50 gift card.
Entries were judged on taste, appearance and originality.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 166 divisions, 715 classes and over 7,300 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.
The Iowa State Fair is one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country and the single largest event in the state. The Fair began over 160 years ago and is now considered one of the best events in the nation, attracting more than one million Fairgoers every year from all over the world. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University, just off the interstate and minutes from Downtown Des Moines. Nothing Compares to State Fair Favorites: August 8-18, 2019. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.