Iowa State Fair 2017

Ottumwa Woman Grabs Prize in Masterful Minis

DES MOINES-Mini masterpieces took the stage in the Doll Houses and Miniature Rooms competition judged prior to the start of the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

Marcia Berry of Nevada won Best of Show in the Doll House division, and Jim Carter of Newton grabbed Best of Show in the Miniature Rooms or Scenes division.  Ottumwa resident, Katherine Rusch, took second prize in this category for Room or Scene < 1″ scale.  Congratulations Katherine!


Additional results below:


Traditional Design

1) Annie Mottaz, Des Moines

2) Darrin Blom, Colfax

3) Daphne Monson, Johnston


Novelty/Theme Design

1) Marcia Berry, Nevada

2) Susan Eisenhour, Des Moines

3) Elissa Krause, Johnston


Dollhouse < 1″ scale

1) Katherine Smith, Coralville



Junior Class

1) Ethan Gonzalez, Des Moines

2) Teddy Fichtner, Ankeny

3) Elizabeth Marsh, West Des Moines



Holiday Theme

1) Julie Zahs, Riverside


Open Class

1) Tia Grabau, Marion

2) Dena Heeren, Jewell

3) Janet Colt, Ames


Novice – Open Class

1) Sherry Davis, Des Moines

2) Richard Larsen, Altoona

3) Susan R. Foster, Des Moines


Creative Containers

1) Aubrey Burkett, Des Moines

2) Sandra Jacoby, Windsor Heights

3) Beth Grabau, Adel


Room or Scene < 1″ scale

1) Jim Carter, Newton

2) Katherine Rusch, Ottumwa

3) Gloryne Ruby, Des Moines


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