Iowans are full of creative ideas and a contest wants to know your favorite one.

Iowa has plenty of corn but we also have some cool products that are made right here in the state. You can tell the inaugural Coolest Thing Made In Iowa contest what your favorite products are and nominate them to win through April 8th.

Besides John Deere, just think of all the big-name stuff that comes out of Iowa. Indian Motorcycles in Spirit Lake, Blue Bunny Ice Cream in Le Mars, Winnebagos in Forest City, and many more creations from the Hawkeye State.

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods

Nominations Are Rolling In

It's only the first year of the contest but it looks like it's already picking up ground. Kelsey O'Connor, Director of Marketing and Communications for Iowa Association of Business and Industry, told Des Moines Register that 10 candidates are already in the running, even as nominations just recently opened up on March 25th.

So far, nominations include a copper coil, tomato slicer, and barrel-straight bourbon.

The Nomination Requirements

The contest's website says that a product can be eligible to win if:

  • It's made in Iowa (even if the company's headquarters aren't here)
  • It has to be made using a "manufacturing process"
  • Only one product nomination per company

Coolest Thing Made In Iowa nominees will be announced on April 19th and the voting will work in a bracket-style through early June, when the winner will be announced on June 5th. You can get more details on the contest and nominate your favorite business at

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