Ok, I have slept a few nights and am less disgruntled about the County Fair. So Part 2 is focusing on the happier side of the experience.
I entered my family’s homemade toffee into the Home Economics Show, Dessert Division, Candy from Scratch Section. It didn’t win a Dessert Division award, but it did receive THE ONLY BLUE RIBBON in the Candy from Scratch Section 😀 AND there was another English Toffee entered in the section. Nice.
Here is my favorite entry in the whole Dessert Category: a beautiful Alice in Wonderland Cake created by Laura Landrum. It was top in the Decorated Cakes section, but got 2nd place in the dessert division. 1st place went to a freakin’ pecan pie with an unappetizing looking crust. But I digress. I know in the hearts of everyone that saw this cake, it was the REAL overall winner.
Look at all the little details! So beautiful… and the young woman than made it has only been decorating cakes for a year! She said the entire cake took her 3 days to make. Bravo!
Ok, here is the most incredible, non edible thing I saw. From past experience, I know how difficult and time consuming basket-weaving is. I tried it once in Girl Scouts, and a couple girls got a hang of it right away… the rest of us were on the verge of swearing/slamming our completed baskets against a wall it was so freakin frustrating. Ugh. So when I saw this basket, I was very impressed. It was beautiful and skillfully woven. And then I read the attached description. You WILL NOT believe what this is made out of…
Go ahead, take a closer look. Can you guess
This gorgeous basket is made out of NEWSPAPER! That’s right, Margarita Tierranegra tightly rolled pieces of newspaper into long tubes and wove the basket (I assume there was glue/modge podge involved for the newspaper to be malleable). Then the whole thing was varnished to give it the dark brown color. I didn’t dare touch it so I am not sure how sturdy it was. But it was just so beautiful! The basket won 3rd place in the Handicraft Division.
So despite the random judging, it was great to see other talented people entering their creations in the show. I wish I had written down their names so I can give their pieces of art credit 😐 But they have inspired me to attempt some new projects… in marzipan and newspaper 😀