Creative Kids Conceive New Candies at the State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (09/14/2018) (readMedia)-- Children entered their original candy creations in the Candy Chemistry contest judged Saturday at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.

Entries were judged on creativity and taste.

Results follow:

Candy Chemistry (ages 5-8)

1) Dean Pratt, West Des Moines

2) Josiah Derr, Clive

3) Micah Hunter, Waukee

Candy Chemistry (ages 9-12)

1) Joshua Bartles, Des Moines

2) Drew Gilbert, West Des Moines

3) Lydia Hunter, Waukee

Honorable Mention: Emerson Hilbert, Urbandale

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