Getting Ready for the Fair

It’s creeping up on State Fair time here in Minnesota. Once again I will be entering a pair of mittens in the colorwork mitten category. The difference is this year I am not knitting like crazy up until the last minute. Knitting a pair of mittens every month this year has given me a selection of completed mittens to chose from. I am going with my Newgrange Mittens.
3/3 March Mittens
I think the design is elaborate enough, the gauge is small enough and the quality of the knitting is good enough to make these a contender.

You might remember two years ago I took second place with my Flying Pig Mittens. I was really proud of these, but knew there were a few mistakes, so I was happy to take second.
Flying Pig Mittens
Then last year I entered my Retro Goldy Gopher Mittens. I thought I had a good chance with the Minnesota theme, but didn’t get any ribbons. The judges said it was because the thumb was too small and really they were right.
Road to the State Fair '13

I do enjoy entering something in the Fair. It is not like there is much of a prize, I think first place gets $8, but it is fun to feel a part of it and I get such a kick seeing my mittens on display there. Have you or are you planning on entering anything in a state or county fair? How have you done? Wish me luck!

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9 Comments to Getting Ready for the Fair
    • Cindy deRosier
    • Good luck! I’m rooting for you!

      We always enter stuff in the county fair. I judge at one of the local county fairs, so I’m ineligible to enter any fair in any of the categories I judge, so it’s always a struggle trying to decide what to enter. I judge everything I’m best at doing! This year, I entered baked goods and a collection; my son has a wide variety of art projects and a cake. The fair opens Wednesday, so we’re really anxious to see how we did.

      • Kat
      • I have never entered any of the food competitions, though I wanted my husband to enter his smoked salsa. Good luck. Let us know how you do.

    • Manisha
    • I entered a photo but didn’t make it the 2nd round of judging. Oh well, I’ll try again next year. Best of luck to you. The mittens are beautiful!

      • Kat
      • From what I hear the photography is the hardest of all the judged events at the fair. With creative activities they display everything entered which is fun.

    • Ros
    • I’ve entered things in our county show in previous years, though this year I didn’t because I was away. It works a bit differently here – there are only a few handicraft categories and they change every year, so you can’t plan in advance. The classes are announced a few months before the show and then I decide what to enter. If you enter four classes you get a free ticket to the show, which is a very good deal, so I try to do that.

      • Kat
      • Oh, I wish we got free tickets to the fair for entering! They also don’t put out the book of categories until a few months before here as well. There are usually new themes and categories, but there are always the same basics.

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