Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin

August 15, 2023

Pickin’ and Grinnin’ at the Iowa State Fair

The sound of string music filled Pioneer Hall Saturday in the Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin contests held Saturday, August 12, and Sunday, August 13, at the 2023 Iowa State Fair.

Complete results follow:


  1. Dale Grote, Council Bluffs
  2. John Waite, Des Moines
  3. Mike Bergman, West Des Moines
  4. David Green, Avoca
  5. Fred Coy, Ames


  1. Darin Manson, Albia
  2. Josiah Heckman, Davenport
  3. John Schlenker, Ankeny
  4. Leon Johnson, Mitchellville
  5. Marti Nerenstone, Council Bluffs


  1. Ben McClure, Des Moines
  2. Mike Bergman, West Des Moines
  3. Derek Stuart, Polk City
  4. Daniel Bell, Ames
  5. Mike Gonzalez, Des Moines