Illinois State Fair, 2018

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance


Illinois State Fair

August 10, 2018


(Image by Barbara Kuck)

Contestants entered their best scratch family heirloom recipe suitable for a family or community dinner.  Recipe should originate before 1950.

Contestants brought a prepared dish along with a brief story of who passed the recipe down to them, ethnicity, if relevant, number of years the recipe has been in their family and any interesting information about their recipe.


History: 50%

Taste: 40%

Appearance: 10%

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1st place – $150.,  2nd place – $100.,  3rd place – $50.

Competition was conducted on August 10th, these are the results:


First Prize:

Polenta and Meat Sauce

Michael Marchizza, Chatham, Illinois


Second Prize:

Family Sweet Corn

Jone Schumacher, Chapin, Illinois


Third Prize:

Beef and Noodles

Amy Wertheim, Atlanta, Illinois



Grandma’s Cobbler

Kitsy Amrhein, Springfield, Illinois


Prune Cake

Barbara (Luchtefeld) Hopgood, Sherman, Illinois


Stuffed Peppers

Linda D. Cifuentes, Mahomet, Illinois