Straw Poll: The favorite food at the Iowa State Fair is not the corn dog

Brian Taylor Carlson | Des Moines Register | 2:39 pm CDT August 20, 2018
Maddie Poppe talks about her favorite Iowa State Fair food item.
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The corn dog did not take top honors as the crowd favorite at the Iowa State Fair.

More than 3,200 fair attendees participated in Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s annual State Fair Straw Poll, conducted on iPads inside Pate’s booth.

Sean Wilson of Proof uses the corn dog as his baseline for judging dishes at the Iowa State Fair.
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Along with Iowa’s gubernatorial and congressional races, attendees voted for Iowa's favorite State Fair food, Iowa's favorite State Fair Grandstand Act and Iowa's favorite celebrity.

The poll is unscientific and intended as entertainment. Here are the final results.

Pork chop on a stick at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.
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What is your favorite State Fair food?

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What is your favorite State Fair Grandstand Act?

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Who is your favorite Iowa celebrity? 

John Wayne was chosen as Iowa’s favorite celebrity; Reba McEntire garnered the most votes for favorite State Fair Grandstand Act, and Pork Chop on a Stick won favorite State Fair food.

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Full results are available at the Secretary of State’s website,

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“Thanks to the thousands of Iowans who participated in the State Fair Straw Poll and visited our booth over the past 11 days,” Secretary Pate said. “We helped Iowans register to vote, provided free resources to small business owners, collected many new tributes for our Honor a Veteran with Your Vote program, and encouraged civic engagement to thousands of young people.

"As always, it was a terrific Iowa State Fair.”

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Originally Published 1:37 pm CDT August 20, 2018
Updated 2:39 pm CDT August 20, 2018
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