Strummers Take the Stage at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/14/2019) (readMedia)-- Fourteen strummers competed in Pioneer Hall in the Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Competition on Saturday at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

The contest was open to players of any age.

Entries were judged on three selections and were played by ear or from memory.

Results below:


1) Darin Manson, Albia

2) Jim Haberer, Ogden

3) Leon Johnson, Mitchellville


1) Darin Manson, Albia

2) Fred Coy, Ames

3) Jason Binder, Des Moines


1) Kaitlyn Briggs, New Virginia

2) Darin Manson, Albia

3) Steve Hurst, Boone

The contest was part of "Rural Americana Olde Tyme Competitions" in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall. A first prize of $5 and ribbons were awarded to each class.


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