The Fair Board provides a rules booklet to anyone wanting to submit items from hand sewn quilts to photography. Of course all types of baked goods are accepted.
After completing the entry form and sending it in with my $1.00 fee, I began to study the rules. I had plans for my $4.00 first prize.
I finally found my category on page 18: muffins. (listed with bread) Pumpkin bread had its own sub-division. This should have given me a clue about how much competition I would have. But never-mind. I would make a batch, choose four muffins of exactly the same size, frost them with cream cheese frosting, and deliver them on a plain, white paper plate by 11:00 am on the day before the Fair began.
Certain that I had won but unable to check because I was at work, I sent my younger daughter to have a first look at my ribbon. She said she couldn't find my muffins in the case. Why didn't I guess she just didn't want to hurt my feelings?
After work, I went in myself. The muffins were there, all right. No ribbon, not even an honorable mention. I was bummed, for a long time. Three or four years, I think.
I'm all over that now. I even discovered that muffins are NOT frosted. Who knew? It's too late for this year; the Fair starts tomorrow, but I'm definitely getting the rules booklet for 2016.
What contest can YOU win?