Dinner Memories Win State Fair Cooking Awards

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2019) (readMedia)-- Patty Rogers of Des Moines won First Place Overall and a $100 cash award in the Sunday Dinner at Mom's competition, judged Sunday, August 11, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Emerson Hllbert of Urbandale claimed Second Place Overall and $50. Kim Vore of Ankeny earned Third Place Overall and $25.

Contestants were tasked to create a Sunday dinner dish and to accompany it with a short story on why the recipe is important.

Entries were judged on taste, story and presentation.

Additional results follow:

Dessert (adult and youth)

1) Patty Rogers, Des Moines

2) Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville

3) Phyllis Olson, Newton

Main Dish (adult and youth)

1) Kim Vore, Ankeny

2) Kyle Barton, West Des Moines

3) Ashlynn Hamilton, Centerville

Side Dish (adult and youth)

1) Emerson Hilbert, Urbandale

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Preston Scott Runyon, Clarinda

Treat or Snack (youth only)

1) Samantha Hilbert, Urbandale

2) Ashlynn Hamilton, Centerville

Outstanding Youth Exhibit

1) Emerson Hilbert, Urbandale

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 www.iowastatefair.org.