Urbandale Cook Wins State Fair Newcomers' Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/16/2022) (readMedia)-- April Oxendale of Urbandale won first place and a $30 cash award in the Beginner's Contest judged Saturday, August 13, at the 2022 Iowa State Fair.

Amy Grau of Corning earned second place and $20. Maggie Stalzer of Haverhill claimed third place and $10.

Participants were required to be first time fair Food Department competitors.

Entries were judged on taste and presentation.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 128 divisions, 615 classes and nearly 6,300 entries at this year's Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air Adventure Park.


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. Find Your Fun at the Iowa State Fair, August 11-21, 2022. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.