County fair kicks off new home arts competition

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer

A new competition added to the home arts and crafts portion of the Roosevelt County Fair had contestants preparing their baked goods and homemade delicacies in advance.

This was the first year for the overall home arts sweepstakes competition. The winner of the competition is based on a points scale and the number of ribbons received from the whole department.

“I have been baking stuff and getting it ready to bake since about July 31,” LaDoris Allison, winner of the overall home arts sweepstakes competition said. “But it probably took several hours (to prepare).”

Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers said many of the contestants who enter goods into the fair enjoy the friendly competition they have with other contestants.

“They like doing things for other people to see and also to see what other people are doing, it’s kind of like a contest of seeing who can beat who,” Moyers said.

Allison was also the winner of the cookie jar contest. Contestants were to decorate a gallon cookie jar and fill the inside with six different types of homemade cookies.

One thing which helped Allison along with her baking was the family reunion she baked for recently. When she started baking and preparing for the reunion, she started baking for the fair, too.

“I just decided to do more baking so I just baked and baked so while doing that for our reunion, I would set a little something aside for the fair,” she said.

At one point she said she made 16 different kinds of candy.
Jackie Clark won best in show for this year’s fancy cake contest. Clark said she enjoys the competitive aspect of entering products. Also, it has become a family tradition.

“My mom always entered baking and canned goods and she would usually sew something to enter too,” Clark said.

Clark didn’t start nearly as early as Allison in her preparation for the contests, she started on Sunday, but she did have her own mishaps to deal with.

“Well for the fancy cake competition, I made about three or four cakes before I figured out which ones I wanted to make and some of them came out as flops,” Clark said. “So I just went back to an old favorite recipe and that finally worked for me.”

There was a reason why Clark worked until her products were to her ideal of perfection. Winners of this years fair contests will all receive a special ribbon marking this year’s 100th anniversary of the fair. Clark said she hoped to win one.

Clark will receive $100 cash prize from Calton Furniture for her first place finish in the fancy cake category.

For winning the overall home arts sweepstakes, Allison will receive a $150 cash prize from Ashley Furniture. She said normally when she has won prizes in the past she’s donated the money to the kids who compete in the junior livestock competitions.

When asked if she would do the same this year she laughed and said, “Depends on how much they give me.”