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!

farm animal

Favorite Farm Animal by duckmother

canned goods

Favorite Canned or Preserved Foods by Entlie

flower arrangement

Favorite Flower Arrangement by Elijablue


Favorite Barn by user89

domestic pet

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

blue ribbon

Favorite Recipe by: MamaDawna

Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

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

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!