• Are You Ohio State Fair Award Winning?

    by  • June 13, 2013 • Events, Family, Ohio, Recipes & Meals • 5 Comments

    Random picture of Alex, Lil, and I at the Ohio State Fair last year.

    Random picture of Alex, Lil, and I at the Ohio State Fair last year.

    A few decades ago, I entered a fair baking contest. I was eleven or twelve, the contest was baked goods, and my entry was a blueberry peach pie with lattice crust. My first place pie won the right to be auctioned off at the Franklin County Fair. Then-Sherrif Jim Kearnes bought my pie for somewhere around $75, the most money I had ever earned. The cash is long spent and ribbon lost, but I remain smitten by the idea of fair cooking contests.

    So it is that every year around this time, I browse and consider the Ohio State Fair culinary competitions. The fair offers awards (cash and ribbons) for winners in categories as diverse as jam and pickled beets, pumpkin breads and jerky. How cool would it be to list ‘State Fair Award-Winning Jam Maker’ on a resume?

    Sponsored special competitions offer greater challenges and bigger prizes. This year, the granddaddy of Ohio State Fair contests is the Kenmore 100th Anniversary ‘Greatest Generations of Grilling Cookoff’, described on page 19 of the .pdf contest information packet. Entries are due June 20th. Celebrity Chef Bobby Dean will be judging for the top prize of a kitchen makeover and trip to New York City and available to meet guest goers on July 27. Mighty tempting!

    With this summer being as busy as it is, I simply can’t go after the blue ribbon this year. Perhaps you can? I’d love to see a Harmonious Homestead reader take first prize at the fair!


    PS. A little internet sleuthing found that Kenmore is offering similiar prizes in an online contest. If you can’t make the fair, maybe you want to enter online?

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    5 Responses to Are You Ohio State Fair Award Winning?

    1. tash
      June 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Have you written about entering in the past? Or do you know someone who entered who wrote about it? I would love details about entering, especially since it’s a bit of a drive for us.

      • June 17, 2013 at 8:41 am

        I don’t have first hand experience so I haven’t written about it. A little internet sleuthing didn’t turn up much but you could ask a county extension agent for advise.

    2. June 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Interesting… I just might check into that. Thanks for sharing–and that’s pretty awesome about your win at such an early age as well as Sheriff Karnes buying it.

      • June 17, 2013 at 8:42 am

        My contest win was among kids my age, so not that impressive. I did always feel a special connection with Sheriff Karnes.

    3. tash
      August 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      So we went to the fair, not the state fair, the Biggest Little Fair in the world. (gas is expensive and the Ohio State Fair is just too far). I didn’t enter any canned goods (they don’t even open them anyway, judging is based on appearance only). But I did win best of show in the special occasion class, and my daughter got 1st in the kids M&M cookie contest as well as 1st the kids photo of grandma.

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