I won first place at the Topsfield Fair (MA) dahlia show, classification 12 stems and under... that's the good news. The bad news is that I was the only exhibitor in that category.. that's exalted me, alright!!!
There was one exhibitor in the 20+ stem class, and one for the 40+ stem class. We all won 1sts! There are 2 or 3 dahlia-specific fair prizes, but either I didn't win or they haven't awarded them yet. I very nearly didn't enter at all. It's been cold (40s at night) so my blooms aren't opening, and are small when they do. I literally had only 12 blooms. At least the chilly snap has them lasting longer. I've got another flush of buds about to open & I can go in and swap blossoms out before the w/e rush of fairgoers.