Our State Fair is a great State Fair—and our county fairs are pretty good, too! Crochet Twin Cities members were active fair entrants this year and they have the ribbons to prove it.
The State Fair has many, many categories for entry; some categories have special criteria that if you knew about beforehand would greatly help your chances to win. For example, they like thread work in white or ecru but not colors. Filet crochet is preferred in size 20 thread, not size 10. There are size restrictions on framed filet pieces, so measure your entry beforehand. As for afghans, there are separate categories for afghans crocheted in one piece and those crocheted in strips.
Jean won ribbons for two special stitch afghans; both were cables, but the blue one was done in strips while the ecru one was done in one piece. Each won a 3rd place ribbon.
She won 3rd place for this reversible afghan made from five lively colors of Red Heart Soft plus white for the background. And Ravelry's blog (which lands on the Ravelry home page) included her project in one of their "Eye Candy" articles!
Peggy entered her items in the Washington County Fair. She won ribbons for a felted hat, and a top-down sweater (both featured previously in our project gallery)