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    My 2013 State Fair Vegetable entries

    I started this thread for my 2013 State Fair vegetable entries because I know several of you like to keep up with entries and results each year. Weather played a big factor in the number of categories I entered, which is down from previous years due to sporadic weather changes.

    Well, I entered my veggies in 17 categories today and will find out the results on Thursday, August 15th. I will keep updating this thread with new info and pictures, so be sure to check back often.

    Below is a full list of what I entered this year as well as 10 pictures (since that is the limit).

    ~Best Collection of Vegetables


    ~Best Collection of Beans


    ~Brussels Sprout


    ~Vegetable Critter (created by using deformed vegetables)


    ~Cucumbers, Slicing type


    ~Cucumbers, Pickle type


    ~Red Okra


    ~Green Bell Peppers


    ~Yellow Squash


    ~Cherry Tomatoes


    ~Dried Gourd, Largest (measured by circumference)


    ~Largest Bell Pepper (measured by weight)

    ~Green Beans, Round type

    ~Green Beans, Flat type

    ~Wax Beans

    ~Lima Beans

    ~Best of 3 Types of Beans



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    UPDATED WITH RESULTS:

    ~Wax Beans = 1st place
    ~Red Okra = 2nd place
    ~Green Beans, Flat type = 4th place
    ~Best of 3 Types of Beans = 4th place
    ~Best Collection of Beans = 5th place
    ~Brussels Sprout = 4th place
    ~Cucumbers, Pickle type = 4th place
    ~Largest Dried Gourd = 5th place
    ~Best Large Display of Vegetables = 5th place
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    Looks tasty, Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zargon View Post
    Looks tasty, Good luck!
    Thanks. I appreciate it. I will let you know how I did when I find out on Thursday.
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    Wow!! I'd buy all of that!!

    Those green peppers look really REALLY good.

    I wonder if the radiation from the Japanese nuclear plant has had an affect on the weather this year. It has been unusual all over the continent . There have been a few articles about that.
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    NICE!!! You grew some nice veggies Maniac! Could use ALOT of those to make some NICE hoemmade dinners with. Bet those suckers are SUPER tasty!

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    It looks great and I love the set up!
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    Nice. I don't know a whole lot about vegetables but those peppers look flawless. Good luck to you!
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    Very cool! Looks like high quality vegetables. What is red okra?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcrduke View Post
    Wow!! I'd buy all of that!!

    Those green peppers look really REALLY good.

    I wonder if the radiation from the Japanese nuclear plant has had an affect on the weather this year. It has been unusual all over the continent . There have been a few articles about that.
    Thanks Brian. I appreciate it.
    I am going to have to look up those articles.

    Quote Originally Posted by Replikor View Post
    NICE!!! You grew some nice veggies Maniac! Could use ALOT of those to make some NICE hoemmade dinners with. Bet those suckers are SUPER tasty!
    Thanks Rep. Indeed we have had lots of good dinners (i.e. stuffed peppers, vegetable stir-fry, ratatouille, etc.).

    Quote Originally Posted by Divia View Post
    It looks great and I love the set up!
    Thanks a lot! Hope your garden is doing well also.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dual_Hares View Post
    Nice. I don't know a whole lot about vegetables but those peppers look flawless. Good luck to you!
    Thanks man!

    Quote Originally Posted by Soulgem View Post
    Very cool! Looks like high quality vegetables. What is red okra?
    Thanks! Red Okra tastes just like green okra. It's just a different color.

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    So neat! My wife really wants to start a garden for next year, so I may be coming to you for advice as you seem like a pro! Best of luck in the competition!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbecue17 View Post
    So neat! My wife really wants to start a garden for next year, so I may be coming to you for advice as you seem like a pro! Best of luck in the competition!
    Thanks for the best wishes!

    I grew up on a large fruit and vegetable farm that supplied fresh produce to Kroger and IGA as well as going to 3 farmer's markets on a weekly basis. I might not know a lot or have many talents, but I do know hot to grow things. So, feel free to PM me anytime. I would be more than happy to help.

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    You've never ceased to amaze me with your talent! Everything you grow always looks flawless and tasty. Best of luck in the competition!

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    Excellent job, best wishes and all the best to you today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flutterina View Post
    You've never ceased to amaze me with your talent! Everything you grow always looks flawless and tasty. Best of luck in the competition!
    Thank you. That is very sweet of you to say.

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    Excellent job, best wishes and all the best to you today!
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    Those are good-looking. Most of my vegetables haven't produced much. Lots of rain, late planting, rotten little squirrels and lack of honeybees have all conspired to keep me vegetable-less despite all the work I did on the garden.
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    Next time we meet I think I will buy some of your veggies along with MOTUC.

    Best wishes today my friend, Im sure that you will win something with such a remarkable variety of amazingly looking produce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    STATE FAIR RESULTS:

    Let me start by saying that I didn't have as good a year in the garden as I had hoped due to some crazy weather and lack of motivation. I had even made up my mind several months ago to NOT enter the state fair this year, but I changed my mind just 1 week ago. With that said, I earned 9 ribbons in the Fruit/Vegetable Department so I am happy with that.

    My wife also entered the state fair for the first time this year and ended up with 3 ribbons herself in culinary/canning, so I am very proud of her.


    My Ribbons:

    ~Wax Beans = 1st place
    ~Red Okra = 2nd place
    ~Green Beans, Flat type = 4th place
    ~Best of 3 Types of Beans = 4th place
    ~Best Collection of Beans = 5th place
    ~Brussels Sprout = 4th place
    ~Cucumbers, Pickle type = 4th place
    ~Largest Dried Gourd = 5th place
    ~Best Large Display of Vegetables = 5th place

    My Wife's Ribbons:

    ~Chutney (Green Tomato) = 2nd place
    ~Collection of 6 Types of Pickles/ Relish = 2nd place
    ~Any Other Candy made with Honey = 3rd place


    **I also want to say that Gardening and Entering the State Fair is a very important hobby and part of my life. I appreciate and want to thank everyone that took a moment out of their day to comment. It is VERY much appreciated!
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    Congrats on your well deserved success! Congrats to the Mrs. as well! You'll have to celebrate with a great salad and some new toys to pass the time in the off season

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    Congrats! Pretty good results considering your last minute decision...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-Man View Post
    Those are good-looking. Most of my vegetables haven't produced much. Lots of rain, late planting, rotten little squirrels and lack of honeybees have all conspired to keep me vegetable-less despite all the work I did on the garden.
    Thanks for the kindness. Sorry to hear of your weather-related garden troubles, which is always a bummer. Better luck in Louisiana?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saved View Post
    Next time we meet I think I will buy some of your veggies along with MOTUC.

    Best wishes today my friend, Im sure that you will win something with such a remarkable variety of amazingly looking produce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks friend. If I have any vegetables when we meet again they will be free. I don't charge

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    Congrats on your well deserved success! Congrats to the Mrs. as well! You'll have to celebrate with a great salad and some new toys to pass the time in the off season
    Thanks! We appreciate it
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    Congrats! Pretty good results considering your last minute decision...
    Thanks Zargon!

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    Those look awesome and delicious! I'll take those yellow squash off you hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    Those look awesome and delicious! I'll take those yellow squash off you hands.
    Thanks for the kind words. My garden is winding down for the year, but if you give me a list of what veggies you like I might deliver you some next year
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    They look amazing! Displays and all. Never heard of red okra. Nice bean selection. Everything really shows the time and effort you put in the garden this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    They look amazing! Displays and all. Never heard of red okra. Nice bean selection. Everything really shows the time and effort you put in the garden this year.
    Thanks so much. This is my first year growing red okra. It tastes just like green okra, but has more eye appeal.
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