Young Cooks Win State Fair Honors

DES MOINES, IA (08/16/2022) (readMedia)-- Young cooks from across the state put their best creations to the test in the Kids Fun Food competition judged Friday, August 12, at the 2022 Iowa State Fair.

Kennedy Cain of Des Moines won first place and a $25 cash award.

Kinnick Cain of Des Moines earned second place and $15. Zoe Praska of West Des Moines claimed third place and $10.

Contestants were tasked to make a favorite food to share with family and friends.

Entries were judged on taste and appearance.

Complete results follow:

Kids Fun Food - Ages 5-9

1) Kinnick Cain, Des Moines

2) Zoe Praska, West Des Moines

3) Annika Akkermann, Prescott

Kids Fun Foods - Ages 10-14

1) Kennedy Cain, Des Moines

2) Caroline Reeder, Des Moines

3) Brooklynn Sedlock, Indianola

Kids Fun Food - Overall Winners

1) Kennedy Cain, Des Moines

2) Kinnick Cain, Des Moines

3) Zoe Praska, West Des Moines

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