Perfect timing for this article--I'm headed to our county fair in the morning! Although I don't currently have the opportunity to grow fruits and veggies, I always love seeing all the wonderous exhibits. This is my first year on DG, so I'll have a newfound appreciation of all the farmers' and gardeners' hard work. I'm sure this article will be helpful for those who've always thought of entering--and it got me more excited about tomorrow at the fair!
lol, neat article. I've never given ANY thought to competitive vegetable raising - all those ladies in their aprons standing behind their displays scared me off! (I did once show a heifer, and she and I got a white ribbon for showing up - my grandpa told me it didn't matter, she and I were the best lookers in the ring).
Funny thing about those FFA jackets - they just seem to shrink over time.
I loved your article! You gave me all the information and inspiration I could need to encourage me to march right on over to the website for the Great Frederick Fair as soon as I post this. Dea! Let's give Kim's tomatoes some competition this year! LOL.
What a marvelous article! Brian, you gave me a whole new appreciation for the vege building at county fairs, and for the work those entrants have gone through to present their hopefuls. A pure pleasure to read!
Our county fair was terrific today! I saw the biggest watermelon I've ever seen in my life--106 pounds!! And a 115 pound pumpkin, lots of other huge, colorful squashes and gourds. Beautiful, perfect tomatoes of every size, shape and color, luscious looking jars of preserves...I could go on and on. Can you tell I enjoy the exhibits? LOL
Very enjoyable article, Brian! Our county fair always occurs to coincide with Halloween (maybe to make the ladies in aprons even more scary?). I haven't attended the fair for many years because it always seemed more about the death-defying tilt-a-whirl rides and junk food vendors and barkers for games of chance, but I am inspired by your article to go to the fair this October to see what my neighbors are growing.
I recall our fair also includes a competition for some house plants, like African Violets, and other potted plant judging. That might be fun to get into.
Ours has plants, too, but if you don't get there the first day or two, many are wilted and dried up. Shouldn't there be an attendant to keep water in the containers? It was obvious that there used to be water in them, but it evaporated.