Newton Cook Claims State Fair Pasta Primacy

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2019) (readMedia)-- Jeffrey King of Newton won First Place Overall in Barilla Pasta and Sauce competition, judged Sunday, August 11, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Sara Carlson of Des Moines earned Second Place Overall and Lauren Petersen of Knoxville claimed Third Place Overall.

Entries were judged on taste, appearance, creativity and best use of products.

Additional results follow:


1) Jeffrey King, Newton

2) Lauren Petersen, Knoxville

3) Mary Tibbetts, Urbandale


1) Sara Carlson, Des Moines

2) Barb Benoit, Des Moines

3) Jeffrey King, Newton

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