State Fair Keto Crown Goes To Norwalk Cook

DES MOINES, IA (09/03/2021) (readMedia)-- Pamela Reynolds of Norwalk won first place in the Getting Lean on Keto contest, judged Friday, August 13, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Mary Burr of Iowa City claimed second place.

Contestants were tasked with creating an award winning appetizer, side dish or main dish that adheres to ketogenic diet guidelines.

Entries were judges on taste, presentation, adherence to rules and originality.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 134 divisions, 603 classes and nearly 6500 entries at this year's Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air.


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. How Do You Fair? August 12-22, 2021. For more information, visit