A little insight into fair competitions, at least here in NW Ohio

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Registered: 01-03-2001
A little insight into fair competitions, at least here in NW Ohio
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Sat, 08-25-2012 - 12:13pm

The "Winner's Circle" special edition of the local paper came out yesterday and I found my name and all the ribbons listed.

What I found interesting was that not all categories appeared to have entries  --- for example, there were 13 categories for entries of framed pictures and only five had ribbons listed; while there were 12 categories listed for entries into framed samplers and only 3 had ribbons listed! 

And not all categories got all three ribbons awarded! For example, I won blues in ornament - cross-stitched and ornaments - perforated paper and my blues were the only ribbons listed! No competition? 

I haven't done a line-by-line comparison of entry categories and actual ribbons awarded but it may well indicate that entries are not very robust. Maybe I should target some of the categories not entered in this year and guarantee myself more wins? Grinning evilly! 

 

 

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-29-2012
My daughter's friend used to enter at least a dozen items in our local fair every year, and she always won ribbons for almost all of them. I thought she was really talented until I found out there were often no more than 3 entries in each category, lol.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001

I know --- kind of takes the bloom off those two ribbons for me!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-29-2012
I'm sure you would have won those ribbons no matter how many entries there were! Same with my daughter's friend - she is actually really talented, I just thought it was funny/sad that she would win no matter what. Plus, if she entered 12 items, she got a free pass to the fair for the whole week, so she always entered 12 things. Does your fair have an incentive like that?
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
The entry fee - which is totally unrelated to number of entries - entitles one to one free pass each fair day plus voting rights (if you want them) for the next year's board! I always get in free on quilt day (being a senior and quilt day happens to be senior day every year) and only go that one day; also, I turn down the voting rights, so I guess I don't take full advantage!

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Registered: 07-31-1998

I had to have my entry in really early to get a special number of free passes. I missed the date! Plus my husband is a former fair board member and an honorary director so we get passes for the entire fair so this isn't an issue for me. I asked my member of the board of supervisors for an appointment to the fair board but she chose someone else. I really would like to have worked on upgrading the judging and making it fairer for people. Because of the way the judging is done many of the really talented quilters in my area won't enter their things. Also they display things in such a fashion that many times the fairgoers can touch the needlework with their grubby paws! There have been cases where things were stolen but I haven't had that happen to me.