Mutton Bustin' Boys and Girls Compete for Blue Ribbons in Iowa State Fair Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/24/2017) (readMedia)-- Young Iowans geared up for the Mutton Bustin' competition judged Friday August 18, at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Five rounds of competition took place in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion culminating in the Championship Rounds at the end of the day.

In the five and under division finals, Cooper Bakker of Dike claimed first place. Second place was awarded to Beckett McElish of Urbandale.

In the six to eight-year-old division finals, Sydney Beavers of Collins won first place and Clayton Hewitt of Delta claimed second place.

Additional results below:

First Round – 10 a.m.

Five and Under

1) Declan Blakenship, Clive

2) Bentley Piler, Ankeny

3) Rae VanVon, Wellsburg

Ages 6-8

1) Sawyer Taylor, Adel

2) Tanner Paustian, Granger

3) Joey Novak, Diagonal

Second Round – Noon

Five and Under

1) Luke Hergenroth, Elkhart

2) Ben Babcock, Orient

3) Clint Anderson, Dallas

Ages 6-8

1) Sydney Beavers, Collins

2) Colter Lenze, Dexter

3) Akellan Washington, Grimes

Third Round – 2 p.m.

Five and Under

1) Piper Carr, Grimes

2) Zayden Fouch, Pleasantville

3) Beckett McElish, Urbandale

Ages 6-8

1) Clayton Hewitt, Delta

2) Justus Minter, Ankeny

3) Nash Hanson, Pleasant Hill

Fourth Round – 4 p.m.

Five and Under

1) Jordan Adrins, Altoona

2) Cooper Bakker, Dike

3) McKinnon McGahney, Mount Ayr

Ages 6-8

1) Brayden Sunday, Harvey

2) Garrett Jensen, Huxley

3) Anders Peck, Ankeny

Fifth Round – 6 p.m.

Five and Under

1) Calen Ford, Altoona

2) Aidan Van Ness, Pleasantville

3) Lason Mantz, Washington

Ages 6-8

1) Sierra Gary, Marshalltown

2) Bylaec Haines, Des Moines

3) Madison Brustkern, Pleasant Hill


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