Artistic Fruits & Vegetables Competition
County Fair Artistic Division
One of the best parts of participating in a county fair is being able to compete with your neighbors over who has the best gardens. Growing up in the garden state the competition was a bit fierce. However, I have learned that it's no different no matter where you live. Healthy competing is good and it brings the community together for some great fun.
It's fantastic to see all the products that people have grown, but I enjoy looking at the artistic and fun side of the county fair also. Both youth and adults were able to submit entries in this field. Here are a few of the events that took place at this year's fair.
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This writing won Article (Lens) of the Day
September 9th, 2013
and was voted
Best of Show
in the Squidoo County Fair.
(Online Writer's Competition in Food Category)
Poll: Entering the Competition
Have you ever entered the fruits & vegetables division in a fair?
Garden Vegetable Carrier
Garden boxes made by the Garden Supply Company.
These baskets are the right size for gathering your harvest.
Comes with a vinyl mesh covering.
Safe for food.
Large Wooden Garden Baskets
This type of garden basket was first used in New England to gather fruits, vegetables and flowers from the gardens.
I like this particular basket because it has a mesh bottom which allows you to wash the items before bringing them into the house. The water drains out so you have clean produce to carry inside.
When it's not harvesting season you can use it for a picnic basket, storing garden tools or any other household materials.
County Fair Fruits & Vegetables Division
Becoming a part of something big.
Up until a few years ago I never participated in the county or state fairs, that is if you don't count my fourth grade 4H club. I made a pink v-scarf that had shoestring ties. I can't even remember what the actual item was called. It was sort of like the ones Patty Duke wore on her show, if that helps any.
As an adult I have gone to a few fairs and even bought a white Hotot rabbit once. The thing is, I never realized how much work went into the event, nor did I comprehend the fun I could have in competition. Being one of seven siblings, I love competitions (well, those I think I could win). Now the episode where Aunt Bee enters the fair on the Andy Griffin Show actually means something to me. Funny how the things we once see as "fud-e-dud" don't seem that way anymore.
The artistic fruits and vegetables division is one that I have yet to enter. Even though I didn't have an exhibit of my own this year for this particular part of the fair, I really liked viewing the exhibits and seeing the creative side of the people.
For the most part, the rules were the same as in the horticultural division (which I did enter).
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Art or Just Food?
Can art be created by using food? This is what some people are saying:
Yes, it's quite imaginative.
Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra Both of course. You can create some nice art from food.
Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA Of course it can. That's what chefs and pastry bakers do all the time. It's a feast for the eyes first.. then a feast.
Nnadi bonaventure Chima 3 years ago from Johanesburg You created a beautiful art with it.
Pat Goltz 3 years ago I have seen some gorgeous art carved out of watermelons.
SBPI Inc 3 years ago Yes, you just proved it beyond any doubt.
blue22d 3 years ago Yes it can...I love the see the food sculptures melons and such. Congrats for winning. Beautiful article.
Little Linda Pinda 3 years ago from Florida Yes. It is so beautiful.
ghoststorylover 3 years ago Oh yes of course! Just go to the sushi bar and ask for any sushi roll and you have art!
MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA I especially like to use food as art at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it is beautiful any time.
Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands If you've got a creative mind everything can be turned into art. Food is really inspiring!
natureadventure 3 years ago Yes, it is a creative things to do so...
archetekt lm 3 years ago All the time, mostly in restaurants, especially Italian I've seen them very creatively do up the dishes to be artful.
Dusty2 LM 3 years ago Every time a dish is prepared it is a piece of culinary art. Also, long before all of the advanced digital photography equipment the Artists have used fruit and vegetable still lifes inorder to capture their beauty in paintings. Lastly, take a moment, stop and look at the art the Lord has created using beautiful fruits and vegetables all around us so it is appeasing. YES; art can be made using foods!
NAIZA LM 3 years ago no matter how weird the food would look, if you know how to makes it tickle your buds then that is an absolute art :D
Kate Fereday Eshete 3 years ago from Ethiopia Yes, but there shouldn't be waste, so if at all possible the food should be eaten afterwards (by humans or animals). If it can't be consumed, it should be put in the compost bin.
rattie lm 3 years ago Yes of course. I have seen the most amazing fruit art work - nature's own colour wheel.
Nightcat 3 years ago Yes, of course! :)
Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic Of course! Once I saw a sculptures cut in water melon! Amazing!
anonymous 3 years ago Of course it can. A true artist can create art from anything.
Glenn McCarthy 3 years ago Good tasting food always looks good first. Your eyes appreciate food long before you taste it.
Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas Art when arranged like the photos shown.
Michelllle 3 years ago Yes. Food should be pretty. Of course, I still want to eat it after it is displayed!
Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York
Yes, I think youca have both, why waste it you get eat it after you win
anonymous 3 years ago Yes, it is called still life and can be done with painting, drawing, photography and many other ways I
ChocolateLily 3 years ago Of course, but it is always best when you can eat it too!
Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Of course that is what the haute cuisine was all about. It is not just the food and the way it is prepared, but also the way it is presented.
ColettaTeske 3 years ago I love some of the food art the mom create for this kid's lunches. When I was a kid, we were always told to quit playing with our food.
TheLonelyMom 3 years ago Of course ;-) I have seen a lot of food art around the net ;-)
Charlieee LM 3 years ago You can grow plenty more food, it's a renewable source so not a big deal! I love this page though, really cool! :)
Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Food can be transformed into beautiful art.
getmoreinfo 3 years ago Yes most certainly.
girlfriendfactory 3 years ago It can be both, right? You don't have to waste the artistic food, do you?
Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado Oh yes. Food is the original art.
GrammieOlivia 3 years ago For sure!
BarbsSpot 3 years ago @Lensmaster...I think it can, and then you can enjoy eating it, as well!
FrancesWrites 3 years ago Absolutely!
Poll: What do you think about using food for art?
Do you think that food can be used as art?
Youth Artistic Division
Mr. Potato Head Youth Artistic Competition - Judging held on Monday, July 15th, 2013
I really love looking at these wonderful and imaginative creations from the kids. Their task was to construct a creature using Mr. Potato Head as the theme. In each exhibit they were to include only vegetables and/or fruits. Toothpicks were permitted to hold the items together, but they had to be hardly visible.
The idea of creating a character after the original Mr. Potato Head toy was that each child "re-PRODUCE" the main body parts of the figure by attaching them some way to the potato.
Mr. Potato Head Competition - Some of the entries. They are pretty good don't you think?Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Original Mr. Potato Head
Take a look at the new Mr. Potato Head. He’s had a real makeover and now has more accessories. It is also compatible with other versions of the toy.
Parts can be stored in the Tater Tush.
Mr. Potato Head Toy Figures - Warning: Not recommended for ages under 2 years old.
Mr. Potato Head has been around since 1952, and it is still gaining momentum. Kids and adults have fun creating the most funny characters.
My husband remembers when he was a child playing with the original Mr. Potato Head where you had to provide the potato. Of course, I wasn't around back then.
Since its creation, federal regulations caused the Hasbro manufacturers to include a plastic version of a potato in the game. Either way you want to play with this toy will be fun.
On the Wild Side Youth Artistic Division - Judging held on Monday, July 15th, 2013
We all like to go a bit wild in our imagination at times, and this is exactly what the kids did for this competition. Individuals were to create any type of zoo animal using plants, vegetables or fruit. They could include anything that could be grown in a garden.
Poll: Wild Potato
Which artistic youth division would you enter if you could?
Adult Artistic Division
Adult Artistic Division - Judging held on Monday, July 15th, 2013
I was so impressed with some of these entries, The produce looked great and the varieties were really something. There were so many lovely displays that it must have been difficult for the judges to select a winner.
The only rules were that the exhibits had to be home grown from their gardens. They were permitted to use herbs, flowers, vegetables or fruits. They could be displayed any way they wanted. Most used baskets, but some chose wreaths or created centerpieces. My favorite was the collection of veggies that the exhibitor made using a homemade wheelbarrow. (Shown below.)
A few more entries ...Click thumbnail to view full-size
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