Breaking Out the Best Cookies at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/23/2017) (readMedia)-- Rita Cashman Becker of Fort Madison received first place honors in the new Your Winningest Cookie Creation contest on Saturday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Cashman Becker also received a free tax return from H & R Block.

Robin Tarbell -Thomas of Centerville received second place and Linda Anderson of Urbandale received third place.

Honorable Mention was awarded to Brenda Becker of Pella.

All contestants had to prepare six cookies on a white plate to be judged on creativity and taste.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 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 Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit