Strummers Take the Stage at Iowa State Fair
August 15, 2017
Eleven strummers competed in Pioneer Hall in the Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Competition on Saturday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
The contest was open to players of any age.
Entries were judged on three selections and were played by ear or from memory.
1) Darin Manson, Albia
2) Josiah Heckman, Osceola
3) Moon Mullen, Coralville
1) Levi Deardorff, Trenton, Mo.
2) Fred Coy, Ames
3) Ben McClure, Des Moines
1) David Bellegante, Des Moines
2) Ben McClure, Des Moines
3) Mike Gonzalez, Des Moines
The contest was part of “Rural Americana Olde Tyme Competitions” in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall. A first prize of $5 and ribbons were awarded to each class.
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. “Nothing Compares” to State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.