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Thank You for Supporting Us in the “Coolest Thing Made in Iowa” Contest

In April 2024, Butter Braid® Pastries and Country Maid, Inc. entered the first-ever “Coolest Thing Made in Iowa” contest.

The “Coolest Thing Made in Iowa” Contest

The nominees for the contest, over 60 in total, were announced on Friday, April 19th. The following Monday, all the products nominated competed in a popular vote round which concluded on April 30th. On May 1st, it was announced that Butter Braid® Pastries had moved on to the Top 16. During this round, products began to compete in head-to-head matchups.

After voting in this round concluded, Butter Braid® Pastries were thrilled to learn we had made it into the Top 8! For this round, we competed against a custom-built pipe organ from Dobson Pipe Organ Builders. Butter Braid® Pastry supporters rose up to represent their favorite Iowa-based product while Dobson Pipe Organ Builders orchestrated a huge turnout of supporters for their product. Unfortunately, Butter Braid® Pastries didn’t quite receive enough votes to move on to the Final Four.

The final round of the “Coolest Thing Made in Iowa” contest is going on right now. Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Musco Lighting, Sukup Manufacturing, and the Vermeer Corporation are the four companies left competing for the ultimate prize…to be named the Coolest Thing Made in Iowa for 2024. ABI is announcing the winner on June 5th.

Thank You for Your Support!

All of us at the Butter Braid® brand want to express our gratitude for all your incredible support and participation in the “Coolest Thing Made in Iowa” contest. While it was disappointing to not make it to the final round, we are immensely grateful for each and every one of you who took the time to vote and cheer us on throughout this journey. Our time in this year’s contest may have come to an end, but we’re proud that we got to be part of this opportunity to showcase what makes Iowa special. And we look forward to throwing our hat into the ring for next year’s “Coolest Thing Made in Iowa” contest.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, encouragement, and votes. We’re incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing community behind us!

Want to Learn More About the “Coolest Thing Made in Iowa”?

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) is partnering with MidWestOne Bank to determine the Coolest Thing Made in Iowa. The competition’s aim is to highlight the state’s vibrant manufacturing industry. This is not only to bring attention to all the amazing things made in the state but also to the outstanding career opportunities in manufacturing.

For more information about the competition, visit

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