Area residents win at state fair
Several area residents have earned honors at the 2013 Iowa State Fair, which opened Thursday and continues through Sunday in Des Moines.
Cindy Veldhuizen of Fairfield placed second in the Ladies’ Chicken Calling contest. The contest was part of “Rural Americana Olde Tyme Competitions” in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall.
Kaylee Peiffer of Packwood placed first in the 9- and 10-Year-Olds category of the Coloring Contest.
Georgia and Jasmine Padget of Keosauqua placed third in the Ages 7-8, Most Alike category of the Twins, Triplets and More contest.
Ribbons were awarded in the FFA photography contest. Rachel Wonderlich of Ollie placed first in Iowa Landscape.
In the 4-H Poultry Competition, Tommee Pelky of Bonaparte showed the reserve champion Mediterranean.
Ribbons were awarded to artistic Iowans in the Creative Arts contest. In Beadwork, Needle Constructed Jewelry, Ashley Stout of Brighton earned first place. In China & Porcelain Painting, Donna Guy of Brighton earned first place in Enamel, Paste or Gold and honorable mention in Professional Floral Design.
In Fine Arts, a three-judge panel evaluated nearly 500 pieces of art. Steve Tiffany of Fairfield placed ninth in Overall Merit Awards.
In the Senior Citizens Division of the Fabric and Threads contest, exhibitors can enter any item using any technique. Geri Nordyke of Agency placed first in Crochet, Baby Afghan, third in Crochet, Afghan and fourth in Crochet, Doily; Shirley Thompson of Fairfield placed third in Pieced Quilt, Individual or Team (Pattern Prior to 1935) and honorable mention in Mixed Technique Wall Quilt. Judie Herzog of Fairfield placed first in Pieced Quilt, Individual or Team.
In the Fabric and Threads Quilting, Shirley Thompson of Fairfield placed fourth in Pieced from a Traditional Pattern (300+); and Kelley Blankenship of Eldon earned honorable mention in Quilt Block.
In the Fabric and Threads Crochet contest, Geri Nordyke of Agency placed second in Child’s Garment, second in Doll Garment (Yarn), third in Luncheon Cloth (30-54 inches in diameter), fourth in Doily (two or more colors), fourth in Holiday Decoration, and honorable mention in Dresser Scarf or Runner.
In the King Arthur Flour Bread competition, Sonny Melchers of Fairfield placed first in Cheese, second in Potato, third in White. Janet Melchers of Fairfield placed first in Yeast Bread Other than Named and second in English Muffin.
Sonny Melchers also placed second in the Breads category of the Taste of Honey Challenge.
In the Dahl’s Canned Vegetables completion, Michelle Burgmeier of Lockridge placed third in Tomato Juice.
Burgmeier placed second in the Refrigerated and Rolled Cookies, Rolled Sugar (Unfrosted) category of the Midwest Living Cookies competition.
Burgmeier also placed second in the Frosted Cookie and third in the Spiced Cookie categories of the AllSpice Cookie contest.
Nanette Everly of Batavia placed third in Cake Mix Bread in the Iowa Bed and Breakfast Quick Breads competition Thursday.
Several area residents also won ribbons in the Heritage Exhibits contest, which is limited to genuine artifacts that are at least 50 years old, and are evaluated on their authenticity and condition. In China, Doris Nordyke of Richland placed second in Place Setting, and Carolym Fye of Ollie placed fourth in Shaving Mug or Mustache Cup. In Clear Glass, Cake Plate on Stand, Fye placed second and Nordyke placed third. In Metals Other Materials-Worthy Item Not Listed, Nordyke placed fourth. In Pottery, Can Briggle or Hull, Fye placed second. In Small Glass Item Collections, Toothpick Holders, Fye placed first.
Cedar Valley Winery of Batavia won several awards in the Iowa Wine Commercial Competition. The winery’s Red Tie Affair won Double Gold; Vignoles and Chambourcin were Silver winners; and Chardonel was a Bronze winner. The competition uses an awards system based on how the wine should be shared. A Gold award means the wine is one you would be “proud to take to a dinner or party.” Silver denotes a wine you would be “proud to serve to friends in your home.” A Bronze signifies a wine that a person “will enjoy drinking at home.” To achieve double gold status, wines must receive Gold awards from both judging panels that conducted blind testing of 80 wines entered by 15 Iowa wineries.
The 2013 Iowa State Fair continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Des Moines.
For information about the fair, visit the website www.iowastatefair.org.
For competition results, visit the website at www.iowastatefair.org/competition/results.