Des Moines Baker Serves Up the Competition at State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2019) (readMedia)-- Anita Van Gundy of Des Moines won first place and a $200 cash award in the North 40 Pie competition judged Sunday, August 11, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Mindy Paulson of West Des Moines took second place and $125. Keri Crowley of Indianola claimed third place and $75.

Entries were judged on flavor, crust, consistency 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