Autumn is a time of harvest and gardeners the world over show off their produce, livestock and hand-made items in county fairs, harvest festivals, agricultural shows, fetes and exhibitions. We enjoy gathering together to celebrate the year’s bounty. Join us for the third annual Dave’s Garden Pixel County Fair; a Celebration of Harvest Traditions with a Virtual Twist!
Dave's Garden members love a bit of friendly competition and our Pixel County Fair is fast becoming a tradition. Members enjoy showing off their crafts, gardens, produce and animals. Our urban dwellers have categories for flower arrangements, balcony or patio gardens and of course everyone gets involved when it comes to sweet treats and recipes! Our third annual fair opens today and we are excited to see what this years entries look like.
This link will take you to the Photo Contest Page where there are thirteen different categories. You may enter up to two different images in each category, so up to 26 different pictures. This link will take you to the Recipe Contest Page. You will need to be logged in to enter, so use the Contact Us button at the bottom of this page if you need assistance. When the entries close, we'll have a voting period where the membership judges the submissions and chooses their favorites. Winners receive a virtual blue ribbon for their profile page and a one year subscription to the Dave's Garden community. Second Place will receive a 6 month subscription and Third Place will receive a two month subscription. The Fair opens to entries on the 3rd of September and closes to entries on the 12th. Voting will begin then and run until the 18th of September.
Our Pixel County Fair is a unique harvest tradition, bridging communities, climates and continents. We've always been a global community and this is a wonderful chance to celebrate, no matter what country or hemisphere we may live in. Gardeners are kindred spirits who love to nurture growing things and our County Fair is a virtual festival designed to honor dedication, hard work and fun.
The images below are the winners of the 2011 County Fair. We hope they inspire you to dig through your image files and enter this year's contest!
Favorite Farm Animal by duckmother
Favorite Canned or Preserved Foods by Entlie
Favorite Flower Arrangement by Elijablue
Favorite Barn by user89
Favorite Domesticated Pet by pepper23
Favorite Poultry by DonnaB
Favorite Fresh Friut by flfwrs
Favorite Fresh Vegetable by KentNC
Favorite Arts & Crafts by haighr
Favorite Homemade Sweet Treat by mhadden
Favorite Balcony or Patio Garden by Nanth333
Favorite Vegetable Garden by mrs_colla
Favorite Quilt by Fmlyof5
Favorite Recipe by: MamaDawna
Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients 2-2/3 cup self rising flour 2 tsp baking soda 2 cup sugar ½ cup butter (or margarine) 1 cup peanut butter 2 eggs 2 cups buttermilk
For the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting 4 cups powdered sugar 1 ½ cups peanut butter 8 oz bar of cream cheese 2 Tbs. milk
Instructions Place sugar, butter, peanut butter and eggs in a mixing bowl and mix up with an electric mixer until well combined and smooth. Mix self-rising flour with baking soda. Add flour to wet mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Bake in three layer cake pans at 350 for about 35 minutes. Allow to cool ten minutes in pan before turning out to cool completely.
For the Frosting Combine peanut butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar with two tablespoon of milk. You may need to add an extra tablespoon or two of milk if the mixture is too thick. Or, if the mixture becomes too runny for your tastes, add extra powdered sugar. Beat with an electric Mixer until smooth and creamy.
We hope everyone enjoyed a look back at last years winners.
Let's get out there and get those mixers mixing and cameras clicking!
About Melody Rose
I come from a long line of Kentuckians who love the Good Earth. I love to learn about every living thing, and love to share what I've learned. Photography is one of my passions, and all of the images in my articles are my own, except where credited.