Des Moines Cook Claims Win In State Fair Maiden Voyage

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2019) (readMedia)-- First time food competition entrants put their best creations to the test in the Beginner's Contest, judged Saturday, August 10, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Karla Walsh of Des Moines won First Place Overall and a $30 cash award.

Holly Boyd of Ames earned Second Place Overall and Grace Graham of Carlisle claimed third place.

Entries were judged on taste and appearance.

Additional results follow:


1) Holly Boyd, Ames

2) Grace Graham, Carlisle

3) Ronald Marr, Waukee


1) Karla Walsh, Des Moines

2) Sarah White, Des Moines

3) Jennifer Goellner, West Des Moines

Main Dish

1) None awarded

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