Top Tomato Triumphs Honored at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/28/2017) (readMedia)-- Tomatoes received awards in the Salsa Basket, Heirloom Tomato and Best Tasting Tomato competitions, judged Tuesday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Heirloom Tomato

1) Karla Host, Des Moines

2) Harriet Leitch, Des Moines

3) Jeralyn Smith, Melrose

4) Tom Smith, Melrose

Salsa Basket

1) Lynne Pfantz, State Center

2) Don Francois, Des Moines

3) Michael Meyer, Norwalk

4) Kathryn Fattig, Chelsea

Best Tasting Tomato

1) Dave Treft, Sioux City- variety Paul Roberson

2) Stephanie Adam, Des Moines -variety Early Girl

3) Kortini Gensley, South Amana -variety Pink Girl


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