Are you ready? Here we go with the results of my entries at the fair. I'll take you on a tour of the building, showing the entries in the order you would see them if you walked through the building.
First up is always the raffle quilt, immediately on your left.
Here are the top six:
I was pleased to see more pieced blocks this year and two of them even made it to top six. Yeah! Personally, I preferred the one just above my block with the checkerboard corners, but I'm not studying them for quality of work.
Next comes the sewn garments and the the knitted items. You can see two of my projects here:
On the lower shelf you can see a dark square that is my alpaca vest. It was the only vest/shell as far as I can tell and got a blue ribbon (1st).
Here are two more projects:
And also pictured are my socks. A blue ribbon (1st) but they were the only socks! All the entries were down by my estimation, but I was especially disappointed that the sock category was so low.
Here is my landscape quilt with a red ribbon (2nd):
I couldn't get any closer to take a picture of these quilt minis:
The other quilt was very cute but it wasn't square and the bottom was a good half inch smaller than the top. So they decided it didn't deserve a first but there was no way it was coming below mine. So with two in the class, they awarded a second and a third. (There's no ribbon on my quilt because they didn't have enough white ribbons.)
After the knitting and crochet, we move onto the yard art, ceramics and other miscellaneous crafts. Here is my purse knitted from VHS tape and lined with a purple garbage bag:
After the 3D arts is photography. Here is my seascape which was given third:
Black and white landscape:
And speaking of, after pictures comes baking and then canning:
My beans were in much stiffer competition--there were nine entries. My jar was quickly sorted into the top five and then they started to narrow it down. First place was apparently an easy choice and then it was down to 2 and 3. They decided my beans were too skinny and so they were given third. Funny to me because they apparently didn't realize they were a different variety of bean. It was quite obvious that they were ripe enough. (And to reinforce that thought, the first person I discussed this with knew exactly what variety I had used. If a random stranger knows, I thought the judges should too. Next time I write it on the tag.)
Finally they got to the honey I submitted. Again I was disappointed there were no other entries. One person usually puts in the only entries in the meat and honey classes, but he only put in maple syrup this year! So there was my lonely honey. The one judge flips over the jar and notices small round things on the bottom. She wonders if they are pollen but she's not sure. They decide to not award any ribbon because the honey she gets from her friend never has that.
After the judging is done and I'm talking with another volunteer, she sees that it is just the beginning of the honey crystallizing (you know how old honey gets) and I should have just soaked the jar in some warm water for a bit before bringing it to the fair. Ok so maybe it didn't deserve a first in that condition, but I think the judge should have recognized what it was. Oh well.
And that's the end of the displays. In summary, there were a lot of ribbons, but not a very large pool of competition. On the other hand, several of my entries demonstrated that just because you're the only one, doesn't mean you'll win!!
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