State Fair Sour Cream Raisin Pie Supremacy Won by Des Moines Baker

DES MOINES, IA (08/20/2021) (readMedia)-- Anita Van Gundy of Des Moines won first place and a $150 cash award in the Emmie's Sour Cream Raisin Pie contest, judged Sunday, August 15, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Belinda Myers of Osceola earned second place and $75. Marjorie Macken of Readlyn claimed third place and $50.

Contestants were challenged to create an award worthy pie with a homemade crust, sour cream raisin filling and meringue topping.

Entries were judged on taste, texture and appearance.

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