Best Meatloaf Wins State Fair Honors

DES MOINES, IA (08/22/2019) (readMedia)-- The much maligned dinner staple was elevated to haute cuisine in the My Favorite Meatloaf competition, judged Thursday, August 15, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Marianne Carlson of Jefferson won first place and a $100 gift card.

Bryon Preminger of Pleasant Hill claimed second place and a $75 gift card. DeeDee Kennedy of Des Moines earned third place and a $50 gift card.

Entries were judged on taste, texture, creativity and appearance.

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