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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Olmsted County Fair report

    I haven't entered anything at the county fair in a few years, but this
    year I had a couple of things that turned out *perfect* last fall, so
    I decided to go for it; see if I can win a rosette. I even put new
    rings on the jars. ;-)

    Dolgo Crabapple Jelly - red ribbon
    Picante Sauce (Hot) - nothing

    I can't complain about the jelly, because the blue ribbon in that
    class was also perfect (just a lighter color) and the jars were
    opened, so maybe the winner tasted better. The jellies entries were
    the only ones that were opened in any class. There were no comments
    written on the backs of *any* of the tags, and I don't recall seeing
    any white ribbons.

    Lazy judge. I don't think I'll bother next year.

    (The antique tractors were cool, and I got some tips from the
    extension office about my apple tree, and the suvlaki vendor gave me a
    free extra kabob because the first was "a little small". So it was
    still a good county fair)

    Bob

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Olmsted County Fair report

    In article <[email protected]>,
    zxcvbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I haven't entered anything at the county fair in a few years, but this
    > year I had a couple of things that turned out *perfect* last fall, so
    > I decided to go for it; see if I can win a rosette. I even put new
    > rings on the jars. ;-)
    >
    > Dolgo Crabapple Jelly - red ribbon
    > Picante Sauce (Hot) - nothing


    How many entries do they get? I think it's interesting that they judge
    without tasting. I'm betting that your picante was better than the
    winner's. So there! Da bums!

    > Bob





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    sometimes in a pickle."
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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Olmsted County Fair report

    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > zxcvbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I haven't entered anything at the county fair in a few years, but this
    >> year I had a couple of things that turned out *perfect* last fall, so
    >> I decided to go for it; see if I can win a rosette. I even put new
    >> rings on the jars. ;-)
    >>
    >> Dolgo Crabapple Jelly - red ribbon
    >> Picante Sauce (Hot) - nothing

    >
    > How many entries do they get? I think it's interesting that they judge
    > without tasting. I'm betting that your picante was better than the
    > winner's. So there! Da bums!
    >


    They judge without even opening the jar to *smell* it. Or dig a
    spoonful to get a good look. There were about 6 or 7 salsa entries;
    more than any other class except pickled cucumbers.

    It past years, there were judge's remarks written on the backs of
    the tickets -- sometimes stupid remarks, like when my Seville Orange
    Marmalade was disqualified because it was bitter (it's supposed to
    be bitter, but at least I knew that she tasted it and didn't like it)


    All the salsas pretty much looked alike, and had proper headspacing,
    rings, and labels. You would have to smell them and taste them to
    properly pick a winner. Mine had a slightly better label (IMHO)
    because it listed the USDA bulletin where I got the recipe, and it
    had the date on it. The date was last September, which could have
    worked for me or against me, who knows. The stuff held up very well
    for 11 months, but the red may have browned slightly, or she may
    have thought "this is last year's".

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. ;-)

    Bob

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