A Fair is a Veritable Smorgasboard . . .
|My fair entries|
This week I made my first attempt at entering the County Fair, and I would say we had a reasonably successful year. I received 3rd place on my Wild Plum/Apple Jelly, 3rd on peach pie, and 3rd on apple pie. I also got 1st place for my chili sauce, entered in the "Homemade Catsup" division - but there were only two entries, so I'm not sure that really counts. Dave placed 3rd in the Animal Photos competition with his picture of Gabby, the Big Red Dog and her following of heiffers.
We learned a lot about the subjectivity of judges' opinions. They didn't award a ribbon to my chocolate chip cookies
because they "needed more chocolate". That would be because I like a larger cookie-to-chocolate ratio so I only put in 1/2 the bag of chocolate chips rather than the full bag called for in the recipe. To each his own, I guess. I also entered Snickerdoodles made from a recipe which won a Grand Champion ribbon for a friend a few years back - but this group of judges deemed them "too thick". Obviously not Snickerdoodle connoisseurs! :) My flowers didn't win, either - but every group of "5 brown marigolds" entered looked identical to me, so obviously I'm not up on the finer points of marigold standards.
I'm thrilled with our ribbons and the $7 in prize money we've got coming. It was hard work getting everything ready, but also a lot of fun. Already brainstorming ideas to enter next year.
In case you're not familiar with my 6-word phrase, A Fair is a Veritable Smorgasboard is a song from the animated movie Charlotte's Web.
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