Finalist, first, second and third place awards in each division will be presented Aug. 13, 2013, at the Iowa State Fair prior to the Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa Department of Agriculture presentation of Century and Heritage Farm Awards. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges arranged by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Eligible participants have to be Iowa residents working in 2D or 3D media. Original artwork is required. The artwork is judged on the innovation of concept and execution of exhibition theme and the aesthetic and technical quality of the work.
A list of this year's finalists in the "Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award" Adult and Youth categories follows, listed by community, name and project title:
* Boone: Robert Sturtz, Seeds of Change
* Eldridge: Lori Miller, Grant's View
* Grundy Center: Grant Thye, Wind Farm
* Monticello: Laura Larabee, Thunderhead Approaching
* Pella: Brian Roberts, Autumn Elevator
* Davenport: Tyler Moss, 16, Hay There
* Fairfax: Allison Mosbeck, 16, The Light of Change
* Ames: Adam Rice, 12, Moon Farm
The finalists' artwork is on display at Café Baratta's in the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines, through Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. The exhibition features $5,000 in cash prizes. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is sponsoring the following prizes:
Adult Division (18 years of age and older)
* First Place: $1,500
* Second Place: $1,000
* Third Place: $750
Youth Division (17 years of age and under)
* First Place: $1,000
* Second Place: $500
* Third Place: $250
Entries were received from artists representing 31 Iowa communities. For information, contact Veronica O'Hern, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Arts Council Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org. More is also available at the department's website.
HIGHLIGHT #3: Iowa's 2013 Best Burger is being featured at the Iowa State Fair, as Cattlemen's Beef Quarters will serve the Angus Black Crown Burger
Attention all burger lovers -- Iowa's 2013 Best Burger winner is available at Cattlemen's Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair. Fair fans have the opportunity to try the award winning Angus Black Crown burger created by the 61 Chop House located in Mediapolis, Iowa. This special treat is available for one day only -- Saturday, August 10.
Burger lovers will be delighted with the fresh half-pound Certified Angus Beef patty grilled to perfection and topped with a made-from-scratch beer cheese sauce, pepper Colby-jack cheese and two strips of thick-cut Applewood bacon. It's creator, 61 Chop House owner and chef, Terry Reis will be on-site to oversee the preparation of his personal culinary creation. Available for one day only, Saturday, August 10, the Angus Black Crown Burger joins an exclusively all beef menu that boasts not only burgers but also Prime Rib dinners, roast beef sandwiches, ribeye steak sandwiches, taco salads and the original Hot Beef Sundae.