This has been a most interesting experience. I was very nervous about doing this for some reason, and somewhat unwilling to let my creations out of my personal care. The later maybe somewhat warranted. In fact, as I was walking over to see what my results were...a little boy ducked under the rope and sat on my crocheted basket! I truely would still enter again though...
Here are the results for my five open class entries. I have listed the title of the class and then the ribbon awarded...
Any Garment - Knit or Crochet
(This is the rose colored shrug I made for my older daughter)
Any Item - apparel or household - reconstructed or made from recycled materials
(I am most curious to see the judging sheet on this one as I am quite partial to this little pillow and wonder what they didn't care for there, but must wait until Sunday to get to peruse that yellow page you can see behind the ribbon)
Any Accessory - apparel or household - knit or crochet
(I was naughty and reached over the rope and "fixed" my basket a bit after it was sat upon, it is still a touch squished on the front side though)
Any afghan - size 45"x60" or larger - knit or crochet
Blue and Reserve Champion
Any other needlework technique not listed above (tatting, bobbin lace, latch hook, etc.)
(fuzzy photo ~ very hard to get a decent picture from as far back as one is behind their ropes)
Our particular county fair is at the point where I have been told that they may lose the open class division entirely if they don't start getting more participation. Hence, I suppose, the very very limited classes. I do hope they will be able to promote the availability of this more in future years and don't just decide to eliminate it...that would be very sad. County Fair is a tradition that should not be lost.
Overall, I am pleased with my results. They use the Danish system of judging. I actually prefer the method of a single blue, red, white, etc. being awarded in each class. I like the competitive aspect of that. The only thing that really does that here is the reserve and champion ribbons, if warranted, within a class and then within the division a reserve and grand champion ribbon (big pretty rosettes like my daughter was awarded along with some gift certificates and other prizes).
My tatted piece was the only one of it's kind. I would love to see more, of everything to be honest...I love looking at everyone's work, comparing, contrasting, admiring...planning for next year. I will say that I plan to do my best to increase participation next year...more of my own work, and encouraging others to enter as well.
Thank you all for your encouragement...