New board members!

We are pleased to welcome seven new members to the DC State Fair Board of Directors for 2014 to 2016:

Torrance Anderson

Paola Bernacchi

Eric Firnhaber

Abigail Massey

Christine Perez

Kim Sheridan

Anna Tauzin

Congratulations on your new posts!

Final day to apply for the Board!

The deadline to apply for the DC State Fair Board of Directors is TODAY! Submit your application by midnight to join our creative, fun, and hardworking volunteer team. It’s a great opportunity to hone those leadership skills and get to know your community.

Find everything you need to know about the position and the DC State Fair itself, and feel free to email with questions.

To apply, please e-mail your resume, a letter of intent, and, if you’d like, one or two supporting documents (e.g. a recommendation letter, documentation of your community involvement, a poetic ode to the Fair) to info[at]thedcstatefair.org.

Apply for the DC State Fair board. Deadline 1/15!

DC State Fair flag logoThe deadline to apply for the DC State Fair Board of Directors is coming up! Submit your application now to join our creative, fun, and hardworking volunteer team.

Find everything you need to know about the position and the DC State Fair itself, and feel free to email with questions.

To apply, please e-mail your resume, a letter of intent, and, if you’d like, one or two supporting documents (e.g. a recommendation letter, documentation of your community involvement, a poetic ode to the Fair) to info[at]thedcstatefair.org. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.

Apply to join the DC State Fair Board of Directors!

If you are a fan of the DC State Fair, you now have a chance to get to know us even better!

We are seeking three to four new members of the Board of Directors. If you have experience with nonprofit management, event planning, organizational development, website development, Spanish translation, or you have a knack for fundraising, deep roots in the District, a community development and engagement background, or just a passion to bring agricultural, culinary, and arts education to the community to develop and encourage neighborly showcasing of talent and competition, then we want you to apply.

We are seeking a mix of folks who can leverage their skills and connections to make the fifth annual DC State Fair the best yet! Read on for more information. Continue reading

There are still seeds for your library at the library.

Thank you to D.C. Public Library Librarian David Quick for this guest post.

Mia Hayes-Hawkins demonstrates seed-saving techniques. Photos by Danita Delaney.

Above and below, right: Mia Hayes-Hawkins demonstrates seed-saving techniques. Photos by Danita Delaney.

Here at the Southeast Library, we had great fun hosting Fair-related programs. Leading up to the fair, we helped competitors write poetry and plan their bike accessories. And on the day of the fair, there were seed savers and solar cookers gathered in our garden learning new skills. In fact, we still have a bunch of seeds leftover from the swap that followed demonstration.

Sweet Plant Nation Seed Saving TalkSo if you’re still planning out next year’s garden, stop by the library or email me. We have a beautiful mix of seeds here that you can peruse while browsing the latest novels.

The winners!

Everyone wins at the DC State Fair. Anyone who entered a pie competition for the first time or snapped a sweet picture at our photo booth knows that! But of course we also have contest winners. So without further ado, here they are.

If in the rush of the Fair we missed or miscategorized anything, please let us know.

Photography:

1.   Early Morning Fishing, ekelly80

2.   Hear, Capitol Quarter Photos

3.   Concentration, ekelly80

Homebrew:

1.   Sean Gugger: Nelson RyePA

2.   Nathan Rice: Peach Sour

Best Malt: Brian Haroldson: Hookie Dark Cream Ale

Best Fruit & Spice: Paul Stepnowsky: Baby Blues

Best Roast/Smoke/Wood: Rob Pitingolo: Pennsylvania Ave Porter

Honey:

Best of Show: Izzy Hill

Extracted Honey: Izzy Hill

Best Tasting Honey: Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild

Kids’ Poetry:

Darren Hazzard, “Good Food, the More You Eat the Better You Feel”

Craft Contests

Newborn Hats:

1.   Karla Koudelka, Cupcake

2.   Karla Koudelka, Pumpkin

3.   Kenneth Moore, Pumpkin

Knit/Crochet:

First Place Knit: Whitney Meagher, DC Themed Gloves

First Place Crochet: Karla Koudelka, Cat Sweater

Bicycle Accessory:

1st place and Best Design & Function: Crispen Wilson, Quick Attach and remove child seat for Capitol BikeShare

2nd place and Best Adaptation: Jamal Kadri, 1934 rear steer tandem retrofit

3rd place and Most Creative: Nthabi Rand, Doll carrier

Kids’ Art:

1.    Nthabi Rand

Baked Goods Contests

Pie:

Best in Show: Sharon Winget, Chalfont Apple Cranberry Pie

Best Apple:  Chalfant Mother’s Apple Cranberry Pie by Sharon E. Winget

Best Pie Crust:  Salty Oat Apple Pie by Christine Perez

Savory Show: Mushroom Lambkin Pie by Ellen McBarnette

Cupcake:

1st Place: Tatiana Cook, Red Pepper Cupcake with Goat Cheese Frosting and Red Pepper Jam

Best Cake: Joy Dingle, Chocolate-Almond Cupcake with Almond Meringue Icing

Best Presentation: Kimberley Trainor, Coconut Ginger Cake, Lemon Curd Filling, and Meringue Frosting.

Prepared Foods Contests

Cucumber Pickle:

1. Mark Perry

2. Melanie Egorin

3. Chris Forney

Other Vegetable Pickle:

1. Margaret Mook, Green Martini Tomatoes

2. Kara Elder, Sweet Pickled Jalapenos with Coriander and Cumin

3. (tie) Kara Elder, Sweet Pickled Jalapenos with Ginger;  Mike Hankey, Cilantro Pickled Radishes

Fruit Pickle:

Chris Forney, Mom’s Watermelon Pickles

Jam & Jelly:

1.   Erin Behrmann, Smoky Peach Pepper Jam

2.   Erin Behrmann, Peach Basil Jam

3.   Sarah Cohen, Spicy Raspberry Lime Jam

Fermented Vegetable:

Rhea Kennedy, Locavore Kimchi

Vegetable Contests

Tastiest Tomato:

Malin Moeller, Cherry Tomato

Longest Vegetable:

Stephanie Dock, 46-inch squash

Heaviest Vegetable:

Jesse Fenty, 18-pound pumpkin

Heaviest Fruit:

Ellen McBarnette,  watermelon

Funkiest-Looking Vegetable:

Andrew Robie, Maize

Thanks for a great Fair!

Thank you to everyone who came out today to celebrate DC talent at the DC State Fair in the heart of the Barracks Row Fall Festival. And congratulations to the winners of all 19 contests!

Want to relive the day or catch up on the events? Our fourth annual Fair is all over social media — both in words and pictures. Take your pick:

A special thank you goes out to our contest coordinators, judges, and volunteers. You made it all possible!

 

Bike accessory inspiration

Guest post by Bike Accessory Contest Coordinator Courtney Weigand
Photo by Wikimedia contributor Keithonearth

Photo by Wikimedia contributor Keithonearth

When I talk about homemade bicycle accessories the first question people ask is “other than a bell and lights what other accessories are there?” My first thought goes to baskets and streamers and then to child seats and wagons, but there are a lot more ways to accessorize your bike.

A few fun things I found from around the web to inspire you to enter the Bike Accessory Contest:

Good luck with your entries and we’ll see you at the Fair this Saturday!

2013 contest registration now open

pies

Pies await judging in one of the DC State Fair’s most popular contests.

Ready? Set? Enter!

DC State Fair contest registration is now open. Whether you plan to enter our artistic, crafty or culinary contests, you can start the entry process on the 2013 Contests page. There, you can find links to entry forms with contest rules and deadlines.

Deadlines for canned and baked goods fall in mid-September, so be sure to register soon.

The drop-off and judging schedule will be published on the Event Details page in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out there and in the State of the Fair Newsletter for more information.

We look forward to seeing you and announcing the big winners at the Fair on Saturday, September 28.

Good luck, exhibitors!