Johnston Cook Wins Let's Have Tea

DES MOINES, IA (08/12/2017) (readMedia)-- Rose Ridgeway of Johnston won First Place Overall and a $50 cash award in the Let's Have Tea competition, judged Thursday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Entrants were challenged to create a cookie or sandwich suitable for afternoon tea.

Entries were judged on taste, appearance and creativity.

Results follow:

Tea Cookie

1) Margaret Stoffregen, Des Moines

2) Robin Tarbell-Thomas, Centerville

3) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

Honorable Mention – Susan Schultz, Haverhill

Tea Sandwich

1) Rose Ridgway, Johnston

2) Susan Schultz, Haverhill

3) Olivia Smith, Winterset

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 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 Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit