Ready to Win Some Blue Ribbons at the Local Fairs?

by August 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,641 0

DC State Fair, pickles

Pickle competition at the 2010 DC State Fair. (Bryan at

From Ashley Lusk Check out Ashley’s blog Metropoetrylis and find her on Twitter at @arlusk. You can email her at [email protected]

We here in Borderstan recognize a good thing when we see one — even if it happens to be outside our neighborhood.

That’s why we’re recommending you get dig out your dusty home-ec skills this fall and head over to neighboring Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights for two exciting events, Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair and the DC State Fair. Even better, enter one of the categories — can you bake a great pie, preserve peaches, make pickles, take photographs, make really cool bike accessories? There are lots of categories.

Entry deadline for Crafty Food Awards contest is Thursday, September 1… entries for the DC State Fair must be submitted by Thursday, August 25.

Crafty Bastards Festival

Washington City Paper invites you to enter your independently made preserves, pickles and beer in the 2011 Crafty Food Awards contest. The contest, part of the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, October 1, will be judged by DC’s top chefs and food writers, and will celebrate homemade products that are creative, sustainable and flavorful. Deadline to enter your homemade best is September 1; winners take home the champion title and a trophy.

The Crafty Bastard Arts and Crafts Fair takes place at the Marie Reed Recreation Center on 18th Street and Wyoming in AdMo. To learn more and to see entry requirements, visit the Crafty Bastards Fair page at Washington City Paper.

DC State Fair

We know it’s not exactly accurate, but the DC State Fair is more than just our attempt to dream of what actual Statehood could mean. We’re talking pie and cupcake contests, vegetable sculpture and heaviest vegetable competitions, here. Round 1 of the Homebrew contest has already passed, but most other contests, including the bike accessory contest and pickling contests, are still open for entry through Thursday, August 25. Get to the DC State Fair website for all competition categories, entry forms and deadlines.

Don’t have time to bake a pie? DC State Fair is still looking for volunteers on the big day, visit the website to sign up.

DC State Fair is part of Columbia Heights Day on Saturday, August 27, at Tubman Elementary Field, 11th and Irving Streets NW.


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