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In photos: 2020 Democratic candidates flock to Iowa steak fry

The crowd at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday.
The crowd at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday. Photo: Polk County Democrats/Facebook

Organizers of the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, say more than 12,200 attend Saturday's event, as 17 of the 19 Democratic presidential candidates made their pitch to voters in the state.

The big picture: The gathering comes less than 5 months ahead of the Iowa caucuses —the first to take place in the U.S.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday.
The event coincided with 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren emerging as the Democratic front-runner in Iowa in a new poll. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden works the grill at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on September 21
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden works the grill at the Water Works Park event. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) dances as she attends the Democratic Polk County Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
2020 hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris dances with supporters in Des Moines. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg greets supporters at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg with his supporters. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) takes a selfie during the Democratic Polk County Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
2020 candidate Sen. Cory Booker takes a selfie. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during the Democratic Polk County Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses the crowd. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
 Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) marches with supporters at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
2020 candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar marches with supporters. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
 Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) greets an attendee during the Democratic Polk County Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke greets an event attendee. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) works the grill during a visit to the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
2020 candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard works the grill. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate, entrepreneur Andrew Yang greets guests at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang greets event attendees. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Attendees listen to Democratic presidential candidate, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) speak during the Democratic Polk County Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa
Attendees listen to 2020 candidate Rep. Tim Ryan speak. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
An attendee puts syrup of a stack of pancakes during the Democratic Polk County Steak Fry
An attendee puts syrup of a stack of pancakes. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential campaign signs are displayed during the Democratic Polk County Steak Fry on September 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Democratic presidential campaign signs are displayed during the event. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images