The Fair was good to me. I won three first place ribbons and one second. Sauerkraut, wheat bread and mixed veg pickles all got firsts, tomato juice got second. Emily, another cook at Deschutes, entered a couple things. Her dill pickles got third place and her fruitcake got a first place ribbon!
Here's a shot of the canned goods.
I also entered baked goods, bread and pies. All the baked things were in refrigerator cases, by category. In among the dozen or so rhubarb, berry and peach pies were two empty pie tins. When I looked closer I saw that they had my labels in them. But empty. (Aside: Pity because the winners didn't look any better (and much worse) than mine.) Where were they?
About the pies. (flashback) The day I made them, I took them from the oven, and went to work leaving the pies to cool. When I got home I wrapped them in plastic film and set 'em aside.
The following day I took them to Bob's Red Mill, the drop-off point, without incident.
One of the fair staffers said that when the opened them at the fairgrounds for judging, fruit flies swarmed out! OMG I was so freaking EMBARRASED!! Ewwwwww how horrible!
I guess the flies got in while the pies cooled. Needless to say, my pies were not judged.
Lesson: cover pies in cheesecloth to cool.