Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Fair Results Are In...

What an exciting fair we've had this year! Last night, we trucked two hens and a rabbit up to the fairgrounds to compete. Both Amelia (New Hampshire Red) and Laverne (Rhode Island Red) competed in the American Singles division. Amelia took the second place ribbon while Laverne got Reserve Champion and Best of Breed and went on to compete in for the Grand Champion. Imagine the ruckus this will create in the coop...what with Amelia being our Alpha Hen and all...Laverne may stage a coup tonight in the coop!! Okay...back to the seemed like the Grand Champion judging went on FOREVER, but in the end, Laverne took Reserve Grand Champion! The judge came over and told us what a nice hen she was and that she'd have taken Grand Champion easily if she hadn't been competing against a rooster. We were so proud of our girls!

When it was time for Ginger, our Mini Rex Rabbit, to take the show table, she won Best of Breed as well!

We also checked on my Canned Goods to see if anything had placed. You may remember that I entered 7 items...and 5 of them placed! I really was shocked since this is only our second year canning and our first year to participate in the fair, I had really hoped that ONE would place! (These are still at the fair on display until Friday...I'll get some good pics of the jars and the ribbons when we can bring them home!)

Here's the rundown:

First Place:
Watermelon Rind Preserves

Second Place:
Peach Butter
Apple Peel Jelly
Dill Pickles

In addition to all our ribbons and plaques, we will get a check for around $13...enough to buy several sacks of feed for the chickens!


HermitJim said...

That is absolutely OUTSTANDING!! Well done, both to you and all the critters!

Gonna be a celebration around the homestead, I'll betcha!

I'm really happy for you...!

Anke said...

Congratulations, that's wonderful!

The Hills said...

Congrats!!!!! Guess I'm gonna have to get on the fair bandwagon!

kclily said...

Congratulations! I love winning ribbons at the Oklahoma state fair and guess what I do with them. I hang them on my Christmas tree. It is so much fun to relive those fun times in our lives. Again, job well done.

Maria said...

Wow! That's fantastic!! I took a few canned goods to the fair this year too, for the first time. My Lavender-Fennel Jelly placed second! Mmmmmm, yummy!

Susan said...

Congratulations! I'm sure the chickens will be thrilled too.
Are you going to share your prize winning recipes?