August 17, 2019
Iowa’s top agricultural commodities; corn, soybeans, pork and eggs were the key ingredients in the Iowa’s Big Four competition, judged Wednesday, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Diane Rauh of Des Moines won first place in the Savory creation class. Olivia Caron Smith of Winterset earned second place and Brooklynn Sedlock of Indianola claimed third place.
In the Sweet creation class of competition, Kathleen Tinley of Council Bluffs won first place. Jennifer Goellner of West Des Moines claimed second place and Maria Monahan of West Des Moines earned third place.
Contestants were challenged to create a dish that using at least two of the four key ingredients.
Entries were judged on taste, creativity and presentation.
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.