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This year’s contest theme, MY FAVORITE TONE’S(r) RECIPE encourages Iowans to compete for a total of $9,000 in prize money, the highest award for any Iowa State Fair competition. The first-place winner in each of the four classes wins $2,000. The second-place winner wins $750 in each class while the third-place winners will win $250. All winners also receive an Iowa State Fair ribbon. Each of the classes is described below.

MY FAVORITE TONE’S(r) EVERYDAY DINING RECIPE doesn’t have to be fancy, just delicious! Recipes must include at least one of Tone’s Specialty Blends as the primary flavoring. Tone’s Specialty Blends include: Beef Seasoning, Cajun Seasoning, Chicken Seasoning, Fajita Seasoning, Garlic & Herb Seasoning, Garlic Salt, Italian Seasoning, Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Salad Seasoning, Seasoning Salt and Taco Seasoning. Or use one of our brand NEW Seasoning Blends - Sweet & Spicy, Salt Free Cilantro Lime, Salt Free Garden Seasoning or Salt Free Roasted Garlic. Contests start at 11:30 a.m.

MY FAVORITE TONE’S(r) RECIPE THAT I LOVE TO BAKE can be sweet or savory, and can include breads or rolls, cookies, pies, desserts or cakes. Recipes must include two or more Tone’s spices, extracts or food colors. Contest starts at 12:30 p.m.

MY FAVORITE TONE’S(r) RECIPE FOR CAUSAL APPETIZERS might be your favorite recipe for tailgating, picnics, movie night with family or for when friends drop by. Casual Appetizers can be anything from beverages, dips, slow cooker favorites, snack mixes or just your favorite nibble. Recipes must include at least one of Tone’s Specialty Blends as the primary flavoring. Tone’s Specialty Blends include: Beef Seasoning, Cajun Seasoning, Chicken Seasoning, Fajita Seasoning, Garlic & Herb Seasoning, Garlic Salt, Italian Seasoning, Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Salad Seasoning, Seasoning Salt and Taco Seasoning. Or use one of our brand NEW Seasoning Blends - Sweet & Spicy, Salt Free Cilantro Lime, Salt Free Garden Seasoning or Salt Free Roasted Garlic. Contest starts at 1:30 PM.

Competitors must register with the Iowa State Fair by July 1. The contests will be held Thursday, Aug. 13, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Elwell Family Food Center on the fairgrounds. Entrants must use two or more Tone’s(r) spices or extracts in the baking category and any of the Tone’s Specialty Blends in the other two categories and may enter in all three classes if desired. Tone’s Spices is a brand of ACH Food Companies, Inc. and are produced in Ankeny.

Entries will also be judged on flavor, best use of TONE’S(r) spices, originality and appearance.

For complete details about all contests, including registration and entry guidelines, go to www.iowastatefair.org or contact the Iowa State Fair Competitive Events Department by email at competitiveevents@iowastatefair.org or by phone at 515-262-3111, extension 207. Entry forms can be mailed in or enter online beginning May 1. Note: You must be a resident of Iowa to enter.