Super Soup Cooks Win State Fair Honors

DES MOINES, IA (08/23/2017) (readMedia)-- Renee Gibson of Waukee won first place and a $100 cash award in the Souper Soups competition, judged Saturday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Deanna Smith of Des Moines earned second place and $50. Mary Tibbetts of Urbandale claimed third place and $25.

Judges also awarded Honorable Mention to Rebecca Howe of West Des Moines.

Entrants were judged on taste, appearance and uniqueness.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There were 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year's Fair. Food Department judging was held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.


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