Beer Bread Bakers Win State Fair Awards

DES MOINES, IA (09/14/2018) (readMedia)-- Rebecca Howe of West Des Moines walked away with First and Second Place Overall Keith's Beer Breads competition, judged Saturday at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.

Marianne Carlson from Jefferson earned Third Place Overall and $25.

Entrants were judged on taste, texture and appearance.

Results follow:

Non-Yeast Beer Bread

1) Rebecca Howe, West Des Moines

2) Diane Rauh, Des Moines

3) Martha Kunkle, Carlisle

Yeast Beer Bread

1) Rebecca Howe, West Des Moines

2) Marianne Carlson, Jefferson

3) Louise Piper, Garner

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 171 divisions, 727 classes and over 9,574 entries at this year's Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.


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 Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit