From the pies and homemade ice cream to grilled cheese and Spam, Kansas State Fair exhibitors each year vie for the culinary prize of best in the state.

But the most labor-intensive, and expensive, competition in the Domestic Arts Building might be the Governor’s Cookie Jar contest.

Yet the coveted $225 prize and a photo op with the Kansas governor (or this year, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer) is enough to have one or two dozen people bake and bring their decorated jar, stuffing it with anywhere from nine to 15 varieties.

This year’s jars were centered around the theme “Get Your Fair On.” Elizabeth Lansdowne of McPherson won with her jar decorated as Ye Old Mill and containing 11 kinds of cookies. The jar was sent to Topeka after the fair.