Old Time Flavors Featured in Iowa State Fair Nostalgic Cooking Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/11/2014)(readMedia)-- Patty Hummel of Allison won First Place Overall and a $300 cash award in the Nostalgic Comfort Food competition judged Friday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.  Lonnie Hartstack of Clarinda earned Second Place Overall and $200. Susie Jones of Waukee claimed Third Place Overall and $100.  Contestants were challenged to create a retro or nostalgic dish that featured the taste of days gone by. Each entry was accompanied by a written description of why the dish is nostalgic to the cook. Entries were judged on taste, originality and appearance.

Additional results below:

Side Dish/Appetizer

1) Susie Jones, Waukee

2) Lana Ross, Indianola

3) Jacqueline Riekena, West Des Moines

Main Dish

1) Lonnie Hartstack, Clarinda

2) Norita Solt, Bettendorf

3) Jacqueline Riekena, West Des Moines

Dessert

1) Patty Hummel, Allison

2) Anita Van Gundy, Des Moines

3) Joyce Larson, New Market

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 226 divisions, 883 classes and over 10,500 entries at this year's Fair. Food judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.

Sprouts Hear Music to Their Ears at Iowa State Fair Talent Search

DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Six talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 55th annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 14, Friday, August 15, or Saturday, August 16.  The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the acts are:

Danika Schultes, 12, Creston, Jayden Welcher, 12, Afton, Mikenna Cass, 11, Afton, Paige Hudson, 11, Afton, Clog Dance

Lucy Gannon, 7, West Des Moines, Piano

Nash Langenfeld, 7, Denison, Lily Ward, 7, Denison, Lola Mendlik, 7, Denison, Mya Goslar, 8, Ute, Kamden Bruhn, 7, Schleswig, Tap Dance

CiCi Chiodo, 11, Des Moines, Musical Theater Dance

Erin McRae, 11, Cedar Falls, Musical Theater Vocal

Josie Lindle, 12, Eldridge, Hanna Bain, 10, Eldridge, Jazz Funk Dance

Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the competition. Two Sprout acts will be crowned champions every day of the semi-finals. The six winning acts will perform in the talent-packed championship set for Sunday, August 17, at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

Each of the six Sprout Champions will receive a prize of $250 after the Championship Show. More than $18,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. This year's contest is sponsored by Hy-Vee.

Cranston Out-Blooms the Competition at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Forty-four exhibitors entered 600 flowers in the FFA Floriculture competition judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.  Grant Hammes of Wilton received the Award of Excellence for his purple gladiola. Sydney Bowlin of Kalona claimed the Reserve Award of Excellence, and Kendra Cranston of Deep River won the Sweepstakes trophy.

Additional results below:

Dahlia

Champion: Kylie Beebe, Griswold

Reserve Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Rose

Champion: Sydney Bowlin, Kalona

Reserve Champion: Lee Osterloh, Eddyville

Gladiola

Champion: Grant Hammes, Wilton

Reserve Champion: Beth Lett, Wilton

Marigold

Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Reserve Champion: Emily Meader, Washington

Zinnia

Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Reserve Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Petunia

Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Reserve Champion: Brandi Murley, Rockwell City

Other

Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Reserve Champion: Cami Maurer, Wilton

Judges Enamored with Embroidery at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Linda Weber of Johnston won Best of Show in the Embroidery division of the Fabric and Threads contest judged prior to the start of the 2014 Iowa State Fair.  Fabric and Threads exhibits will be on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal Financial Group.

Additional results below:

SURFACE

Small Household Item

1) Peggy Vespestad, Maxwell

2) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

3) Leann Baumhover, Storm Lake

4) Renee McPhee, Grimes

Honorable Mention) Catherine Krahe, Iowa City

Large Household Item

1) Peggy Vespestad, Maxwell

2) Sue Denny, Pleasant Hill

3) Betty Jo Staudt, Marble Rock

Towels

1) Wilma Brouwer, Pella

2) Lois Aldridge, Kellogg

3) Melissa Eaton, Cedar Rapids

4) Ileta Wilson, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Michelle Westphal, Waterloo

Pair of Pillowcases

1) Renee McPhee, Grimes

2) Ileta Wilson, Des Moines

3) Marilyn Samson, Prairie City

4) Lois Aldridge, Kellogg

Honorable Mention) Melissa Eaton, Cedar Rapids

Honorable Mention) Catherine Krahe, Iowa City

Picture

1) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

2) Sheri Ekstrom, Cedar Rapids

3) Solveig Walstrom, Cedar Rapids

4) Anne Hanson, Cedar Rapids

Honorable Mention) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

Honorable Mention) Marilyn Allie, Urbandale

Honorable Mention) Janet Strouse, Storm Lake

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

1) Ronda Smith, Cedar Rapids

2) None Awarded

3) Lydia Raim, North Liberty

Pillow

1) Renee McPhee, Grimes

2) Cynthia Bortell, Winterset

3) Leann Baumhover, Storm Lake

Accessory for Needlework

1) Martha Lawrence, Cedar Rapids

2) Sheri Ekstrom, Cedar Rapids

3) Karen Steggerda, Urbandale

4) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

Crewel Embroidery

1) Diane Killam, Cedar Rapids

2) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

3) Berniece Quint, Cedar Rapids

4) Lillian Davidson, Brooklyn

Silk & Metal Embroidery

1) None Awarded

2) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

Stumpwork

1) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

2) Anne Hanson, Cedar Rapids

Brazilian Embroidery

1) Martha Lawrence, Cedar Rapids

2) J. Sue Myatt, Bettendorf

3) Linda Lee Miller, Cedar Rapids

4) Anne Hanson, Cedar Rapids

Crazy Quilt Item

1) Linda Weber, Johnston

2) Renee McPhee, Grimes

3) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

4) Bonnabelle Rayner, Lone Tree

Embroidered Holiday Decoration

1) Cynthia Bortell, Winterset

2) Wilma Brouwer, Pella

3) Marylou Nelson, Ames

4) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

Temari

1) Sheri Ekstrom, Cedar Rapids

2) Martha Lawrence, Cedar Rapids

Item Made Using English Smocking Techniques

1) Donna Grote, Council Bluffs

Item Made Using Punch Needle Embroidery

1) Renee McPhee, Grimes

2) Sachi Kumagai, Pleasant Hill

3) Lydia Raim, North Liberty

MACHINE

Picture

1) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

2) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

3) Lois Friday, Iowa City

Towel

1) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

2) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

3) Norene Bruxvoort, Leighton

Honorable Mention) Mary Dustin, Albia

Pillow

1) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

2) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

3) Lois Friday, Iowa City

Garment for Adult or Child

2) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

Home Décor Item

1) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

2) Janet Moser, Minburn

3) Lois Friday, Iowa City

4) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Julie Bergeon, Iowa City

Holiday / Seasonal Item

1) Lois Friday, Iowa City

2) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

3) Mary Dustin, Albia

4) Barbara Zelhart, Albia

Machine Appliqué

1) None Awarded

2) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

3) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Christopher Verlo, Des Moines

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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