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Colorful Ice Cream Cone Statues Decorate Iowa State Fairgrounds

August 8, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES(readMedia)-- Fifty-seven concrete ice cream cones painted by Iowans pay tribute to the Iowa State Fair's Fairlicious foods. The 3 foot tall statues will be on display throughout the grounds during the 2012 Fair. "Nothing Compares" to the celebration and activities at the Fair, August 9-19.

Individuals, clubs and companies had the opportunity to showcase their creative talents, in professional or novice categories, and decorate a concrete ice cream cone in any way they chose. Entries were judged on the basis of creativity and use of additional materials.

Visit for a printable map with a listing of all the concrete ice cream cone locations.

The first place winners received a $150 cash prize and a Fair admission package valued at $160. Second place winners received a $100 cash prize and a Fair admission package valued at $120. Third place winners received $50 and a Fair admission package valued at $85. Winners will be recognized in an awards presentation Sunday, August 19.

Complete Results Below:


1) Hey Diddle Diddle Emma Wetzel, Chuck and Rachel Ginder, Altoona

2) Fire and Ice Cream Cone: A Tribute to Benton County Fire Departments Angie Wittmer, Vinton

3) #1 in Yum Kathryn Light, Waterloo

Honorable Mention) Kids Cancer Squad Cure Cone Janie Ostrem, Sweet Treats of Jewell, Jewell

Honorable Mention) Honey Cone Dave Tull and Tricia Knipper, Donnellson; Tim Knipper, Moline, Ill.; Terri Knipper, Solon

Honorable Mention) Cone on the Cob Augusta, Brandt, and Clara Scott, Ames

Honorable Mention) Gettin' Piggy Wit It Agri-Access Team, Johnston

Honorable Mention-Above and Beyond) Kooky the Ice Cream Clown Sylvia Faine, Lara Newsom, Beatrice Faine, Urbandale


1) Indulge Kelly Elliott, Nevada

2) Holsteins in the Meadow Missy Sharer, Messy Missy's; Matt Pisney, Center Street Dairy Queen, Marshalltown

3) Blingalicious Candi Ladmig and Alexa Groff, The Vinyl Studio, Ankeny

Honorable Mention-Most Unique) Buford Beaver Butter Brickle Ryan Harder, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake

Honorable Mention) Eat Your Veggies Connie Boesen, Applishus/Salad Bowl, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Veggie Table: Celebrating Over 30 Years at the Iowa State Fair Ed Brafford, Ruth McCoy, Veggie-Table, West Des Moines

To be entered in the professional division, 25 percent or more of the entrant's income must come from graphic design or artistry related work.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit



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