Having two year’s worth of projects to choose from meant lots of entries into the Mountain State Fair. I had to go back twice to the expo building to find them all! During the cooking contests, we had about an hour each time to enjoy the shows and exhibits, see the Moo-ternity ward’s newborn calves, little pigs and baby chicks. Many of the entries did not place, but a few more ribbons were discovered. I ran out of quilting categories to enter, so many quilted items were put into crafts in various categories. In the expo building, the quilt entries are hung from the ceiling, while the crafting categories go on the lattice and tables below. That’s the Autumn Jubilee quilt from last year on the top with the pumpkins sporting its third place ribbon.
My leaf panel quilt won second place in senior quilted items.
One more stunning discovery came as I was doing the hunt for my projects. The 12 placemats I made from the Lori Holt book Vintage Christmas were put into the table linens category. I put them on hangers so they could be displayed on the lattice. They not only won a first for the category, but a Best Of Show for the crafts division!!
At the last moment, I decided to add my Kitchen Wreath to the entries in the wreaths category. It won a second place ribbon.
The embroidered wall hanging took home a first in machine embroidered projects.
The Eggs For Dinner cooking competition was fierce. I made a steamed egg on mushroom ricotta pasta garnished with bacon and fresh parsley from my garden. I hoped for presentation points with my individual servings. But, I think the recipe was just too fussy for the judges. The winner was a frittata, and second place was a quiche – essentially the same dish with and without a crust. My recipe just had too many steps, likely scoring low on ‘ease of preparation’, plus it didn’t travel well. But I learned a valuable lesson for future cooking competitions – make it easy and fast, and not so fancy. We enjoyed the leftovers at home.
In the blueberry contest, my Blueberry Parmesan Risotto with Shrimp didn’t place either. Now, I know this seems strange, but know that 50% of the score is “healthy”, and the rules specifically state that they are looking for things without added sugar – like cake and muffins. There were only three bites taken from the dish for three judges, so it apparently didn’t stand a chance. You just never know what the judges will look for. The winning dish was a blueberry salsa.
Back to the crafts category, in the hand embroidered category, my Roll With It project earned a third place.
My wool applique table runner from last year’s Autumn Jubilee won a third place. For this pattern, click on the Autumn Jubilee category on the sidebar, and look for the posts with wool applique.
In the middle of the expo building, the produce competition had lots of veggies, and a 405 pound pumpkin! The jewelry competition is displayed in locked cases, with the photography competition behind. More quilts hang from the ceiling in rows all the way to the back of the space.
I found the last photograph in the black and white nature category, thrilled to find a first place ribbon on it!!
My wholecloth dahlia quilt was the last entry I found, and it was sporting a red second place ribbon.
All in all a great year for the project competitions. I love the Mountain State Fair! Twilight came each evening, making the lights of the rides a magical sight. Crowds were smaller this year, but lots of people were enjoying the rides outside. We had a couple of corn dogs of course, and some fresh churned ice cream.
So, two more cooking competitions and a shift at the raffle quilt table for our guild are next before it is all done for the year. Are you going to your state or county fair this year?