Are you a master of the backyard BBQ? Iowa Farm Bureau will crown its 60th annual Cookout Contest “Grand Champion” Aug. 13 at the 2024 Iowa State Fair. More than 60 backyard chefs will compete for the champion title and $4,500 in cash prizes. The Cookout Contest is a celebration of Iowa-raised meats and the farmers who provide them with animal care and sustainability as a top priority.

To compete in this year’s Cookout Contest and win the grand champion crown, visit

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