The fair is managed by a board of volunteers as is the needlework department. Last year, I offered my time this year to help organize the entries for the judges on judging day. Forty years ago, I judged 4-H horsemanship classes and twenty years ago I judged kids cooking. I was also a 4-H member for ten years in cooking, sewing, horses and livestock! I've entered a number of years on our guild quilt show and had my entries judged so I have an idea of what the criteria is for a blue, red or white ribbon.
I enjoyed working with the judges and providing input. I did not offer input if I had an entry in a category. I was awarded a blue ribbon for 42 Minis in the group category and a blue ribbon for Winter Ice in the pieced/machine quilted category.
What I was not prepared for was their discussion on awarding the Judged Best of Show award as it was between these two quilts. I bet the three judges bantered back and forth between these two pieces for about ten minutes before two of them said that Winter Ice was their choice. Winter Ice became the Judged Best of Show. Then they learned that I had stitched it on my domestic machine no less! They had a lot of questions and it was fun to answer their questions.
I learned what to look for in a knitting and hand embroidery work. I listened to the clothing and quilt judge and picked up lots of tidbits of how to judge a category. It was a great experience. Best yet, Winter Ice was also the viewer's choice for best of show!