DES MOINES, IA (08/29/2017) (readMedia)-- Jennifer Bartles of Des Moines won first place and a $100 gift card in the Cinnamon Ridge Favorite Cheese Curd competition, judged August 10, at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Bridget Lottman of Norwalk claimed second place and a $75 gift card. Pamela Reynolds of Norwalk earned third place and a $50 gift card.
Contestants were tasked with creating an appetizer using cheddar cheese curds.
Entries were judged on taste, appearance and originality
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. Food Department judging was 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 www.iowastatefair.org.