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Post  camprn 8/2/2010, 9:11 pm

I have not exhibited at the Fair for 15 years but today I took 5 ripe Striped Roman and 5 Green Gilbertie tomatoes, 1 pint each of Bread and Butter pickles, pickled beets and a 1/2 pint of Peach conserve and entered all into the Cheshire County Fair for judging today. Fingers crossed for a ribbon and a $5 prize.
Side note: in crafts, sadly there was not a category for my stained glass Sad hopefully that will change next year.
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Post  boffer 8/2/2010, 9:30 pm

Well that sounds like fun. Do ribbon winners move on up to the State Fair? Are you sharing the winning recipes? Will you send me cukes and toms to hang on my trellises? (just kidding rofl )
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Post  camprn 8/2/2010, 9:52 pm

I am sorry about your cukes and toms but I am holding out hope for a good month for y'all in the NW~
There is no automatic entry to the state fair if you win at county. Really, besides the ribbon if you win, the best thing about entering at the fair is the 1/2 price entrance fee for the fair itself, including the Demo Derby Very Happy
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Post  Megan 8/2/2010, 9:53 pm

camprn wrote:I have not exhibited at the Fair for 15 years but today I took 5 ripe Striped Roman and 5 Green Gilbertie tomatoes, 1 pint each of Bread and Butter pickles, pickled beets and a 1/2 pint of Peach conserve and entered all into the Cheshire County Fair for judging today. Fingers crossed for a ribbon and a $5 prize.

Go camprn!!! Very Happy rock on
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Post  camprn 8/5/2010, 12:11 am

Second place for pickled beets, Second place for pickles, second place for conserves. The prize basically pays for the fair entry for the week, not bad. Very Happy Sadly nothing for the tomatoes, the judges like to have all the fruit and vegetables a uniform size, :suspect: oh well, maybe next year.
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Post  Megan 8/5/2010, 12:13 am

CONGRATS!!! cheers

I have been eying my county fair submission rules as well. It's just a dream this year... one of these days, though! Smile
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Post  camprn 8/5/2010, 12:16 am

Thanks Megan, just go with what you got!!! You never know, I was surprised with 3 ribbons for canning. What is your local fair called?
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Post  Megan 8/5/2010, 12:25 am

Prince William County fair. I have been reading their website for a while this year. I have never actually been to it before. They have two deadline submissions for perishables. The real issue, if I actually try for it, is getting time off from work for it.
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Post  camprn 8/5/2010, 12:37 am

I hope you can get the time to submit something.... It will be fun! Very Happy
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Post  Megan 8/5/2010, 12:52 am

Thank you for the encouragement... you enabler, you! Very Happy

I've been looking at my garden and wondering what I could submit. There is an 'oddity' category (not their term) that I was considering trying the rampicante. I have a MONSTER hanging off my trellis. Have not put a tape to it lately but I know it's over 30". Don't think it could make it in a general squash category (??) because it's so big that unless it is hanging from a trellis it curls up in a randomly-shaped coil, and I have only one of the big ones right now. Then there is my amaranth, which again I haven't put a tape on, but it too is huge. It's lost a few leaves but wow it's so pretty with the developing seed heads, to me anyway.

However...the two carrots I've pulled a few weeks ago were remarkably the same size, and while I haven't even touched the limas yet, I have hopes for them....? We'll see.

I haven't tried canning yet, but my cukes are crying out for it.
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Post  chocolatepop 8/5/2010, 1:42 am

ekkk! This made me think to check on our fair. I used to enter as a child back home, the deal line was july 9th, but Im going to call about late entries.
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Post  quiltbea 8/5/2010, 11:54 pm

Congratulations on your wins.
I love the fairs. I don't enter anything, but I love the exhibits, food and livestock. I especially like to check out the chickens.
We have one the last week of Sept and the other close to me on the other side of the map is the 1st week of Oct. I plan to go to both.
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Post  Chopper 8/6/2010, 12:52 am

camprn wrote:Second place for pickled beets, Second place for pickles, second place for conserves. The prize basically pays for the fair entry for the week, not bad. Very Happy Sadly nothing for the tomatoes, the judges like to have all the fruit and vegetables a uniform size, :suspect: oh well, maybe next year.

Very exciting. Wait 'til next year!
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Post  Retired Member 1 8/6/2010, 9:34 am

Congratulations! I just love county fairs, but have never tried to enter one. How about posting your peach conserve recipe in the recipe section? I just pulled the late peaches and they are pretty horrible, but will do fine in salsa or conserve. To date I've put up 22 pints of salsa, so time to switch to something else.
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Post  Josh 8/6/2010, 7:44 pm

It's time for the Fair! Animated-flowers-congratulations

I wish I could have been there!
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Post  camprn 8/7/2010, 9:22 am

belfrybat wrote:Congratulations! I just love county fairs, but have never tried to enter one. How about posting your peach conserve recipe in the recipe section? I just pulled the late peaches and they are pretty horrible, but will do fine in salsa or conserve. To date I've put up 22 pints of salsa, so time to switch to something else.
I posted the recipe and a link on canning peaches in the recipe section.
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Post  trustinhart 8/7/2010, 8:39 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How exciting. Our county fair usn't until the 1st week in September and the State fair is the last week in September running into the first of October. I'm going to look that recipe tonight.


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Post  camprn 7/31/2012, 9:29 pm

Oooh, I'm being naughty tonight, grave diggin' and cross-postin'. Wink

Here are some of my entries for the fair. No fresh veggies this year, everything is surprisingly behind. Shocked

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Post  littlejo 8/1/2012, 8:26 am

Congrats! It all looks so pretty! Do they judge by the looks of it or do they do a taste test? You get the blue in my book, and the honey, ah, I bet the taste is best in show!
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Post  camprn 8/1/2012, 9:38 am

Jo,that's sweet, thanks. Canning is judged on looks, quality, USDA canning guidlines. The honey is judged on clarity, taste, presentation and a few other rules I'm not really sure about. Very Happy

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Post  CapeCoddess 8/1/2012, 10:47 am

I am can-challanged and know nada about it, but those jars of good eats made my mouth water just looking at them! Break a leg...er...is that right???

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Post  Triciasgarden 8/1/2012, 11:28 am

Ooohhh, Ahhhhh, they look absolutely wonderful! That is so exciting, we know someone who has entered and won at the County Fair! Good luck on this year! You have such an amazing variety, they all have a wonderful appearance and even your labels are cute! rahrah
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Post  gwennifer 8/1/2012, 1:25 pm

I see a beautiful stained glass bird in your photo too... Does that mean there is a stained glass category this year? Everything looks wonderful!
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Post  Josh 8/1/2012, 9:07 pm

camprn wrote:Oooh, I'm being naughty tonight, grave diggin' and cross-postin'. Wink

Here are some of my entries for the fair. No fresh veggies this year, everything is surprisingly behind. Shocked

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camprn wrote:Second place for pickled beets, Second place for pickles, second place for conserves. The prize basically pays for the fair entry for the week, not bad. Very Happy Sadly nothing for the tomatoes, the judges like to have all the fruit and vegetables a uniform size, :suspect: oh well, maybe next year.
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