Southern Fair Report

Submitted by Christi

It’s Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Well, the fair is over. Here is the place setting that I entered.

Sterling Rose

Sterling Rose

This is how it looked after judging. Some things had been moved around, but, they were close. I asked a lady that was there about having things moved. She said that they had moved all of the settings back and didn’t always get them back the right way (sigh).

Oh well, I didn’t win best of show this year. In fact, I didn’t even get a blue ribbon.  I got a red 2nd place ribbon. The comment was that the dessert fork should have been with the other forks. Actually, My etiquette books and I don’t agree, but, it was fun to enter anyway.

There were a lot of nice settings. Here are the other entries:

The Best of Show winner

The Best of Show winner

I thought this one was really cute

I thought this one was really cute

A little floral action

A little floral action

Jingle Bells!

Jingle Bells!

Ready for fall

Ready for fall

Something casual

Something casual

A little purple

A little purple

White and gold

White and gold

Pretty spatter-ware

A little bit country

Happy Valentine's

Happy Valentine's

Dainty blue flowers

Dainty blue flowers

It was fun to see what everyone entered. What did you like the best?

Today’s Lagniappe: Corn Dogs
My favorite fair food (with lots of mustard)

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 (16 ounce) packages beef frankfurters
  • 16 wooden skewers

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, sugar and baking powder. Stir in eggs and milk.

Preheat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Insert wooden skewers into frankfurters. Roll frankfurters in batter until well coated.

Fry 2 or 3 corn dogs at a time for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels.

30 Responses to “Southern Fair Report”

  1. Jeanette Says:

    I enjoyed all of the entries! Thank you for posting them. I have always enjoyed the tablescapes entered at the fairs.

  2. Julie Says:

    There are some great table settings, Thanks so much for bringing us along…

  3. Barbara Says:

    Wow! Very Nice!

  4. Shelia Says:

    Hi and I think your table setting is very lovely! What do those ole judges know anyway about where the desert spoon goes! 🙂 You get first place in my book!
    Your china is so pretty and delicate.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  5. Sherri S Says:

    I loved yours! Pretty, classy and very well placed. Who were those judges? I’ve got cousins that will come show ’em mud for a 6pak. LOL Such a treat seeing them all! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Martha Says:

    Thanks for sharing all these pretty tablesettings! I think yours was the best!

  7. Ceekay Says:

    That must have been fun…they all were beautiful!

  8. ellen b Says:

    How fun to see all of these. That’s exactly where I put my dessert forks too! Congratulations on your ribbon!!

  9. Tammy518 Says:

    Awww, I love your elegant tablescaping entry. And you are absolutely correct about the dessert fork being at the top of the plate. Those judges shouldn’t mess with us serious tablescapers!

  10. Kathleen Says:

    Very is the one I voted for!
    Which one won first place?
    I think the Fall one is nice…
    I have never been to a tablesetting contest…

  11. Debbie at Slice of Pie Says:

    Your entry is beautiful … and you are right about your fork. The Best of Show winner is all wrong, too! Your judges need to take one of my courses! You get the Best of Show from me!! Hope you drop by to see my angels … and I never care what the judges say or what the etiquette books say … I set tables for fun, easy and enjoyment! Those etiquette ladies are all dead, anyway!!

  12. susan Says:

    Well there was some stiff competition, but I thought yours was the most elegant ( and the one I was hoping you’d enter). I think someone’s fork information is a little off–the judges! I don’t care for the placement of the butter knife in the winning entry either. I know this was fun no matter the outcome–and 2nd ain’t bad 🙂

  13. Dining Delight Says:

    Your entry was very pretty! I agree with having the dessert fork above the plate! I would love to see a whole table set with multiples of your place setting. Thanks for sharing some of the other entries. There were some good ones, my fav was the dark brown fall setting with the turkey.


  14. Mary Says:

    Your entry was so elegant I’m surprised the judges didn’t favor it. All the entires were good and had something going for them. Thanks for the round-up. You’ll win next year. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  15. Christine Says:

    Mmmm, I don’t know but I like your entry more than the blue ribbon recipient’s…..Christine

  16. Artie Says:

    Christi, I just found out that they had these sorts of entries at the fair, so I was happy to see that you had included all of these. I’m sorry you didn’t win best of show – your place setting was beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    You had a beautiful entry, and I agree with you about the dessert fork. Thanks for sharing your entry and all the others. What a fun event! ~ Sarah

  18. Rebecca Says:

    Those are all pretty table settings. You got my fave food too. I love corndogs at the fair.
    ? Rebecca

  19. Myrna Says:

    I thought yours was very attractive..congrats on winning second place!
    Thanks for sharing the other entries, too..I got a lot of ideas!

  20. Linderhof Says:

    I think you should have gotten the blue! Very pretty table setting. Much prettier than the one who took the purple! (Whose knife is not placed properly on its dish!)

  21. Tracy Says:

    Hello Christi,

    I agree with the others about your tablescape – it is quite lovely. I am just not seeing why they picked the one they did for “Best of Show” winner. I also like the “little bit of country” setting and can see that for a backyard BB-Q with some additional embellishments.

    Congratulations on winning 2nd place and thank you for sharing it with us!

    ~ Tracy

  22. Brenda Kula Says:

    I think your tablesetting is stunning and very elegant!

  23. Fifi Flowers Says:

    THe first place setting is my FAVORITE… so elegant… love love love the china!!!

  24. Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections Says:

    I love your table setting. I can’t believe you didn’t win! The colors are so cool and calming…I just think it looks so dainty! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Jane Says:


    Your place setting was beautiful. I love the china you chose. The settings you shared were all so diverse and fabulous. What a fun event!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!


  26. ann Says:

    I’m really sorry that you did not win, you should have! Your place setting was quite elegant. As far as the desert fork goes, I have to agree with you. I have never seen it anywhere else except where you had it placed.

  27. Elizabeth @ blue clear sky Says:

    My son is a 4H dairy and beef showman and we have been to four local fairs, and I have yet to see tablescapes. We might not have them, or maybe I missed them. I will have to check and make the suggestion if we don’t. Your setting is very pretty. I love the lightness of it and your silver is very elegant.

  28. Betty 819 Says:

    I thought I had read in the first part of your blog that the Fair entries had to be on placemats. I noticed that a lot of them were not. Some look like a novice approach to me. The latter one I think looked washed out and needed some more color somewhere. It was indeed danity and has my stemware pattern. Did the Judges critique each entry? You’ve got a year to be thinking about what to enter next year and exactly how to do it. Sorry you didn’t win first place but there’s always next year! Pat yourself on the back for your accomplishment. We’re proud of you!

  29. Betty 819 Says:

    Tracy, you come to my house for a backyard BBQ, you’re not eating on china..that calls for good quality paper plates!

  30. Betty 819 Says:

    The Judges commented that your dessert fork should have been with the other forks..I “think” I see what looks like a handle above the right side of the plate but in the other tablescapes, I see no dessert fork. Who sets their dessert fork out with the rest of the meal? Usually the meal plates and salad plates are removed after the person is finished eating; then the dessert comes out with a fork on that plate..had been my experience in fancy places. Who else agrees with me?

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