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Re: “My Attempt to Become the Michael Phelps of the Pima County Fair Begins Now

Well Dan, having judged on many fairs, mostly in the 4-H and FFA divisions, here are a few observations from the judging side: considering there will be massive amounts of chocolate and overly sweet goodies, judges' tastebuds go numb after a while. I mean, how many bites, even if tiny, can you take before your whole system rebels? So, when a cookie or bar that used apricot, lemon or other tart ingredients hits, wow, judges come back to attention and give that entry a second look. Meaning - make your entry also look really nice and you've got a good chance among the dozens of cookies.

Salsa: well, you are right, the Hispanic entrants might have the advantage, but I make a mean salsa with 95% fresh ingredients and very little cooked tomato sauce, and while I didn’t enter for ribbons, I noticed that my salsa usually was the first dish to be empty and people asking around who made it. So, look what the majority enters and be different.

As to other categories you are contemplating, consider the THEME - in 2012 it’s the 100th Anni. Of Tucson Statehood. Do something that reflects on that, but a bit unusual.

Decorate a light bulb? Depending who the judges are no matter what you enter and how well done, you might find your stuff out of ribbon reach. Now, you, with newspaper connections might find out beforehand who the Fair folks ask to be a judge and can possibly adjust your entry. Check out what kind of art they like. I mean, the gal who falls all over abstract art, probably is little impressed by delicate petals and reality. But then again, you never know.

How about decorating an apron? You probably can find all the things you need at a crafts store.
If you can stitch a bunch of pockets on it and then fill them with interesting displays - you might have a winner.

I can’t recall if they have floral and veggie entries, but if so, grow something - you’ve got plenty of time and enter that. Over the years, I’ve noticed that often there were few entries and even in big fairs, people won ribbons by default.

Here are the basics for everybody:
1) Follow the rules to a T no matter which category you enter.
If they ask for 5 pieces of fruit, they mean 5 pieces, but it also means that they have to be as close as possible to “market” standards - meaning: similar size, color, shape of all 5 fruits. If only one, then of course take your best looking one. Clean, no blemishes, not malformed, that kind of thing. Yet, I have seen ribbons got to mismatches and marred fruits and vegetables because there was not competition.

2) Cleanliness is important. If your art, or what ever you enter looks messy with stray glue, color, etc. it just has no chance because there are a lot of meticulous entries.

3) If you like your creations, even if you are not sure that they are up to the other entries, enter them anyway. First, you add more variety to the Fair, and second, some judges might also like your entry and you wind up with a ribbon.

And yes, Dan, I realize that you wrote your article to create interest, rather than actually compete. But then again, why not? Start practicing your hula swing and throw. By April, you just might be in great shape and can show those whippersnappers a thing or two.


Margarete de Gaston

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Posted by AZsunshine on 10/29/2011 at 4:39 PM

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