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Heirloom Recipe Contest at SD State Fair

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Media Contact: Candi Briley, 605.353.7340
Heirloom Recipe Contest at SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Fairgoers will have the chance to enter a favorite family recipe in the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Family Heirloom Recipe Competition at the South Dakota State Fair in the Women’s Building on Sunday, Sept. 4.
This competition seeks the best made-from-scratch family heirloom recipes suitable for a family or community dinner. To encourage participants to delve deep into their family’s culinary history, submitted recipes must be at least 50 years old.
“Celebrating family heritage through food is always fun and the family heirloom competition does exactly that.” said Peggy Besch, State Fair manager. “So go dig through those recipe boxes and share your food traditions during the State Fair!”
The judging is based on three criteria: 50 percent history, 40 percent prepared recipe, and 10 percent appearance and display. Prize money is awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Registration forms and competition rules can be found on the South Dakota State Fair website under the special events tab or at the SD State Fair office. Pre-registration is encouraged. Along with the registration form, a prepared dish and recipe must be submitted for judging on Sunday, Sept. 4. 
The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance is dedicated to exploring, celebrating, and preserving unique food traditions and their cultural contexts in the American Midwest. By hosting public events, developing archival resources, and generating publications, the Alliance aims to celebrate the distinctiveness of a region.
The 2022 South Dakota State Fair runs Thursday, September 1 through Monday, September 5. Channel Seeds preview night will be Wednesday, August 31. For information about the South Dakota State Fair, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit or find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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