DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2017) (readMedia)-- Rod Zeitler of Iowa City won first place and a $100 gift card in the Canning with Mrs. Wages competition, judged on August 8, prior to the start of the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Denise Andreas of Ankeny won second place and a $75 gift card. Michelle Westphal of Waterloo claimed third place and a $25 gift card.
Entrants were judged on appearance and taste.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There were 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year's Fair. Due to the large number of classes, Food Department judging begins prior to the Fair 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 www.iowastatefair.org.