Top Bratwurst and Summer Sausage Win Fair Awards

DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2019) (readMedia)-- The top bratwurst and summer sausage makers from across the state put their best creations to the test in the Best of the Wurst competition, judged Tuesday, at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

Entries were judged on texture, external appearance and internal appearance.

Competition results follow:

Bratwurst (cooked)

1) Edgewood Locker Inc., Edgewood

2) Jet's Meat Processing, Waukon

3) Marks Locker, Rowley

Bratwurst (uncooked)

1) Edgewood Locker, Inc., Edgewood

2) Marks Locker, Rowley

3) Matthew Phoenix, Ankeny

Summer Sausage

1) Ulrich Meat Market, Pella

2) S & S Locker, Osage

3) Elma Locker & Grocery, Elma

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