I Won - Exhibitor of the Year MI Fair

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I won I won I won!  I am so happy to announce that I won Exhibitor of
the Year at the Michigan State Fair!  And, I owe a great degree of
thanks to this wonderful group for all your help and support.  I asked
so many silly questions about  Ethnic/Ceremonial, Scarlett O'Hara,
Corsets and Eyeletts/Grommetts........but all those answers you gave
me paid off as my entries did turn out nice in the long run.  And,
even though I balked at making it, because the group so overwhelmingly
opposed the vacuume cleaner cover......I decided that that might be a
category with light competition so I entered it.  I took the
suggestion and ordered the pattern for the Santa one and made him of
wool felt with a  sheepskin beard.....oh my is he lovely and not at
all the typical vacuum cover!
I ended up with 60 entries  - 54 ribbons including 23 Blue Ribbons and
4 Best of Shows!!!
Yipee
Joy

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I big hats off and congats to you.
Nice job

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<snip> , and we >both HAD to ask.....is there a limit to the number of
entries you can >have, how do they accept entries?  At the NYS fair,
you can enter 5 >items, in different categories, for an entry fee of
$6. Larisa

Oh how I wish that were the situation here.  As I understand it,  a
while ago, the Exhibitor of the Year was only Judged on 10 selected
entries and had to ear ribbons in all of 4 categories (the basic 3
plus floral arranging).  The entrant earning the most points was the
winner.  Now, you enter as many items as you risk your time, energy,
finances deem necessary to put yourself on top.  The first 10 entries
cost $12 and then it is $2 per each additional entry.......not a cheap
proposition.  You must earn a ribbon in each of three categories,
baking, canning and sewing and points are awarded for each place
ribbon and accumulated with the winner being the most total.  It is a
big gamble from year to year as you have no idea how many entries the
next person is going to come up with.  Some people go with lot's and
lot's of junky items in hopes of sheer volume of lesser points, while
some opt for a few well placed firsts.  Obviously it is easier/quicker
and less expensive to rack up points in the baking categories
(assuming a person can cook somewhat).  Whereas a seamstress can spend
weeks and lot's of money on a single sewing entry, she does at least
get to keep it when the Fair is over.  Most of my stuff was made
specifically for judge appeal and totally untouched and unworn prior.
Yes, I was obsessed.  I even made a wedding dress that my husband
jokes about me having plans he doesn't know about.  

All I could do a year ago was sew (and only had the 6 week class in
7th grade home economics).  I was going to be on vacation when the
baked goods were turned in so I had to pick things that could do well
frozen....my family held out no hope as I repeatedy burnt my way
through recipe after recipe (my husband is the cook).  I literally
caught fire to almonds on 3 batched of butter crunch.  I ended up
getting my ribbon on a decorated cake where they don't eat the cake,
they just judge the decorating ( whew).  I learned to can and did very
well......but something about filling jars of beans with tweezers and
trimming shavings off the tops of baby carrotts to get them to pack
just right was somehow strangely similar to sewing.
I am very glad that you can only win this acheivment once because it
has been one heck of a challenging year and I need to have a reality
check, see some daylight, play with my kids more, flush the toilets,
change the sheets, play with the kids, and oh, by the way, does anyone
need a wedding dress (haha).
Joy


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Mike Hardie wrote:

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Joy,  If you want a reality check and need a break from state fair
related activities, you can travel over to my house and help me get some
wall painting done...no judging, I promise :-)

Larisa, who again, is totally astounded


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I Won - Exhibitor of the Year MI Fair  
 
<Joy> glowed:
<I won I won I won! I am so happy to announce that I won Exhibitor of
the Year at the Michigan State Fair!
<snp>
and Eyeletts/Grommetts........but all those answers you gave me paid off
as my entries did turn out nice in the long run.
<>
I ended up with 60 entries - 54 ribbons including 23 Blue Ribbons and
4 Best of Shows!!!
Yipee
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  Congratulations!!! Joy, are you going to post any pics on 'Happiest
when sewing'?
                               Cea


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Joy, not Mike Hardie wrote:

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   You're here in the mitten??! Why didn't you say so!!!
   Come to Jackson this weekend, esp Saturday evening. Huge CW
re-enactment, lots of ballgown ideas. The sutler tents are well worth
the trip. And it's all free (until you buy something). It's at
Cascades Park.
--Karen M.

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   ...before seeing the write-up in today's Freep. Joy, if you don't
bring your daughter in her new dress you are missing the boat!!

--Karen M.
who will be in a royal blue calico (the Butterick princess-seamed
ballgown pattern) with a black lace shoulder deal thingie, dark blue
gloves, and blue striped socks, acting like I've been dancing this
stuff since 1981

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Karen, thanks for the invite.  But, after all that sewing, we have
NOTHING to wear.....seriously, it is all at the fair till after Labor
Day.  My husband is pretty much a party pooper when it comes to me
wanting to go to anything like that....but who knows, let me know when
the next one is.
Joy
ps. want to see a picture of you in your gown.
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  I forgot my camera! However, I am buddies with a Lincoln Tribute
Artist (that's an Elvis term) and many snaps were shot of him talking
to/dancing with me. If I get my gigabytes on one I'll add it to my
site.

--Karen M.
Marshall is $20, Goodells is free, Hayes is free.

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That is truly stupendous! Heck, I'd give you an award for simply finishing
all the projects that you started. And I guess we have to thank you for
educating us about the wide and wonderful world of vacuum cleaner covers.
:) I'm off to enter my 1 (one) humble batch of brownies to the local fair
tomorrow, mainly because you get free admission with the entry, but also
because so many on this group like yourself are inspirational for getting
out there and entering fun stuff at the local and state fairs. I hope you
post pictures of some of the big winners (make sure the ribbons are
promenently placed for all to see too!!).


-j
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He was 9 and won 2nd prize?! There's some talent there no doubt! Must run
in the family. :)

My brownies actually won first prize! Still a little stunned as it was
just a lark, though I did take the time to use good chocolate and make
sure I didn't burn it. I was unsure about my topping (a mocha glaze that
used espresso and cognac) because it made them very 'adult' and like you
said, taste is very subjective and some people really don't care for
fancy extras. But I guess someone did (or the competition was thin, one
or the other!) so I recouped the price of parking and some rides and
balloon for DD. In all, a fun day and maybe next year I'll now have
enough courage to enter some sewing stuff!


-j
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Yeah for YOU!.  Sounds like you had a great day at the fair.  I am
hoping to go Friday.
Joy
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Here is a picture of my Exhibit at the Michigan State Fair.
Unfortunately, most of the clothing items are obstructed by the
counter and the Scarlett gown is cut out of the picture to the left.
I promise close-up photos soon.
Joy

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