Fair First Friday Recap

Written by Theresa Rose on August 15, 2015

The first Friday of the 2015 Iowa State Fair is one for the books. With so much adventure and excitement to experience, here’s a brief recap of what you may have missed and what to expect.

The giant pumpkin grown by David Davis of Bloomfield easily bested the competition to win the Giant Pumpkin Contest judged Friday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair.

Davis, who happens to be the Davis County Sheriff, collected $1,900 in prize money for his 1,235-pound pumpkin. Shawn Huess of Johnston claimed second place and $850 with a pumpkin weighing in at 782-pounds. Stephanie Barnes of Bondurant earned third place and $450 with a 747-pound entry. The Iowa State Fair giant pumpkin record of 1,323 was sent in 2010.

The winners of the 2015 Iowa State Fair biggest animal competitions have begun their State Fair residencies.

“Big Mac” the Biggest Boar is on display in the Swine Barn. He weighed in at 1,166-pounds. “Zeus,” the 428.5-pound Big Ram, is greeting visitors to the Sheep Barn and “Sampson” the 2,893-pound Super Bull is enjoying the Fair in the Cattle Barn.

All three will remain at the Iowa State Fair through August 23.

The grossest cake creations took top honors in the Chuck E. Cheese’s Ugliest Cake competition, judged Thursday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Cassedy Clifton of Ankeny took home first place in the General Junior category, and Hanna Bedwell of New Virginia won first in the intermediate division. For themed entries, Jadyn Niemeyer of Zering won first for the junior division, and Bedwell won the intermediate division.

Coming Up Saturday, August 15

– The Best Tasting Tomato Contest takes place in the John Deere Agriculture Building beginning at 10 a.m. Registration for the contest begins at 8 a.m.

– Top Guitar players will vie for State Fair honors inside Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall beginning at 11 a.m. The Mandolin Contest, also in Pioneer Hall, begins at 1 p.m.

– Def Leppard with special guest Styx and Tesla rock the Fairgrounds beginning at 7 p.m. on the Grandstand stage. The concert is followed by fireworks.

And as an update to the Daily Program Guide, don’t miss the Antique and Classic Antique Tractor Pull on Sunday, August 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grandstand.