Des Moines Baker Wins State Fair Christmas Cookie Crown

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2019) (readMedia)-- Lori Richman of Des Moines was judged Overall Winner in the O Come All Ye Cookies competition judged Sunday, August 11, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Contestants were challenged to create award worthy cookies that are suitable for a cookie exchange.

Entries were judged on appearance, taste and creativity.

Additional results follow:

Christmas Cookie Plate

1) Lori Richman, Des Moines

2) Brenda Becker, Pella

3) Rita Cashman Becker, Fort Madison

Other Holiday Cookie Plate

1) Brenda Becker, Pella

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