Best of Show: Festivals and Fairs

State festivals and county fairs have two things in common: the elusive best of show and award ribbons.

From incredible horse shows, food demonstrations and live music to fried food, butter sculptures and roller coasters, festivals and fairs can be an incredible experience. And, don’t forget the best part: those best of show ribbons! But, before we get into our favorite topic of ribbons, let’s talk about the difference between a festival and a fair.

a festival and a fair both have something in common: best of show award ribbons

FESTIVAL vs. FAIR

Briefly, a festival is a gathering of people to celebrate something, historically religious holidays (feast days), but now also secular ones, e.g., Kwanzaa, or the Burning Man, initially held to celebrate the summer solstice. Mardi Gras is a famous New Orleans festival, a religious one celebrated more quietly in other areas.

A fair is a gathering of vendors or tradespeople for the entertainment, commerce or other purpose. There are job fairs (hardly a festival), book fairs, farm shows (also called fairs) where people show their prized livestock or farm products for the entertainment (and often sales for charity) of both fellow farmers and non-farmers alike, county fairs (mostly just summer entertainment), etc.

So, now that we know the difference between a festival and a fair, we can focus on more important things. Things like how to win your Best of Show ribbon!

While we don’t have specifics, especially when it comes to things other than ribbons themselves, on what the best looking cow is or if you have the best tasting chili, we do have a little bit of advice. No matter your location, from Texas to Minnesota, the best thing you can do to win that coveted prize ribbon is to try your hardest. Work on your craft and put the required time in to make sure you know what you’re doing.

Here at Coller Industries, that’s exactly what we do with our custom ribbons (and every personalized product we sell). We have been working on our craft for nearly 25 years, and are top in our trade. So, while we can’t really award ourselves with Best of Show ribbons (judges consider that cheating), we might just try.

But, don’t take our word for it!

Jeff Halbach, a poultry judge at last year’s Minnesota state fair, said, “The birds that end up on champion row usually are sound in body, correct and bright in color, have been cleaned and prepared for showing by their owners. And, finally, they have that winning personality.”

Emily Griffiths, also a judge (beef cattle) at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair, said, “I have always believed that beef heifer shows are very comparable to a beauty pageant in that it is about combining desirable female traits in a well-presented form with poise and style. You want an amount of body and muscle that is proportional and well suited to the animal’s frame with excellent structure. What separates an ordinary cow in the pasture from a champion at the state fair are those heifers with an extra amount of class, style, and grace. Those characteristics are not just limited to people—cattle can have those, too!”

Okay, on to those elusive Best of Show ribbons!

best of show stock rosette ribbon from Personalized Ribbons

Rosette ribbons are seen everywhere at a fair. From giant pumpkins to those cute baby piglets, they are the classic touch at your local state or county fair. There are plenty of titles and stock ribbons from which to choose or make custom fair ribbons. They can have any award or honor imprinted to meet all of your needs.

From county fairs to holiday festivals, personalized ribbons are sure to bring home the Best of Show! And, no matter your ribbon choice, we have something to meet all of your festival and fair needs. Whether it’s a pie eating contest or a 4-H event, ribbon rolls are sure to amaze with the right customization. Rosette ribbons are available as stock titles (yes, Best of Show included) or customize your own. They are a great way to make sure all winners are recognized for any achievement.

But, enough about us, what about you? Are you planning on taking home Best of Show this year? Will it be your prized pig or your mom’s best blueberry pie?

Going Back to School with Ribbons

As parents shout for joy, many teachers preparing for their return back to school.

From pencils and pens to notebooks and rulers, school supplies are in abundance right now. Teachers and parents alike are preparing their children to return to the classroom to further their education. But, the hardest thing right now for teachers is getting their rooms prepared for students to return.

While we don’t have pens and notebooks, we do have something you need! Check out all of these different ribbons. And, find out why they are essential to have in your classroom and available for your students.

use any of our personalized ribbons for your back to school needs

Full-Color Achievement Ribbons

Prize ribbons fill this need perfectly. No matter why your classroom needs student awards, all achievements will be recognized equally with these ribbons. From “Great Job” to “Student of the Month,” every student will appreciate receiving these fantastic ribbon awards. Or, give honorary titles such as “Star Student” and “Super Reader” to deserving kids.

Outstanding, Awesome and Great Job may be an understatement when a child receives one of these fantastic ribbons. Everyone at school will light up with joy when they receive one of these bright stock achievement ribbons. Mix and match 17 fun, colorful titles to meet the minimum order quantity. These stock ribbons are already printed and are available to ship the same day as ordered.

And they are fun to collect! Students may decorate their desks, use them as bookmarks or take them home to display these awards proudly for all to see. So, help each person at your school see just how important they are with these incredible awards.

Custom Rosette Ribbons

Recognize early graduates and award outstanding behavior this school year with a fantastic gift. These ribbons go above and beyond expectations when it comes to awards. Every rosette has fancy pleats and a choice of multiple streamers. Customize each feature to make sure these will win the hearts of all of your students.

Add names, titles and even an image of your mascot to these ribbons when personalizing them. Whether it be for making the honor roll or choosing a student of the month, any child will be amazed by this impressive award. Or, recognize student athletes from your class. We also have several stock rosette ribbons with imprinted buttons to fit any sport or athletic event.

Custom Ribbon Rolls

From bulletin boards to presentation folders, your classroom isn’t complete until you have ribbon rolls. Choose from a variety of colors to match your school motto and mascot. Then get to decorating that classroom! The whole school is sure to be jealous of all the fun you will have while preparing your room this year.

Here’s a fun idea: when giving out welcome gifts to your students, make sure to wrap them with this fun ribbon. Your students are guaranteed a great first impression when handed trinkets with personalized ribbons wrapped around them. And, maybe they will even behave a bit better as a way of saying thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Custom Badge Ribbons

Whether it’s for a new teacher in your school or a way to identify different grades, badge ribbons are here to be the best solution ever. With double-sided tape ready to stick to anything (like a name tag), these ribbons are super easy to use. Great for labeling things in the classroom, these ribbons are incredibly versatile.

Use them as labels when storing classroom supplies like markers or crayons. Or, give them to students as you are trying to learn all the new names for this school year. So, no matter what you need these wonderful ribbons for, they are perfect for nearly everything!

So, get to it, and add some fun and creative personalization to your school and classroom with custom ribbons.

Greeting Cards with Unique Flair

From holidays to weddings, personalized ribbons are your best friend!

Custom ribbon rolls and greeting cards are the perfect pair when it comes to any event. They are great for a birthday party invitation or a thank you card. And, with just the right message, these ribbons will make any recipient feel how special you think they are.

So, whether you’re throwing the party of a lifetime or need a way to express your feelings, let’s figure out some ways to incorporated those custom ribbons into your greeting card needs.

Weddings and Formal Events

weddings invitations and menus are perfect with personalized ribbons

Most people look forward to hearing that their favorite couple is finally tying the knot. And, if you need a way to make those invitations a bit more inviting, add a bit of ribbon flair. Try tying a length of ribbon roll around the stack of the announcement, the RSVP card, your photo and anything else you want in your invitations. Don’t forget to customize the ribbon with your wedding date, names and choose the perfect color to match your special evening.

Even if it isn’t for a wedding, formal events are a great place to get some incredible use out of custom ribbons. Use that ribbon roll again for tying around menus. Or, use them for place holder cards at a formal family reunion. Everyone is sure to be happy to sit where you want them with such a fancy place card on their plate.

custom top ribbons can make a unique wedding announcement or greeting cards

Another fun idea is to use custom top ribbons as your event invitation. Add fun and colorful graphics and images along with names, dates and other essential details. Slip these ribbons into envelopes and get them in the mail. People are more apt to appear at an event when they know you put some real thought and effort into the invitations.

Birthdays and Other Holidays

We’ve all seen those super cute birthday greeting cards with ribbons sticking out everywhere. Now, picture those with personalized ribbons! How cute is that? And, with our custom ribbon rolls, you can now make your own. Forget about spending all that money at the store. Buy some high-quality card stock and design any holiday card your heart desires.

badge ribbons on greeting cards for mother's day and father's day

And, don’t limit it to ribbon rolls. Custom badge ribbons are a fun accent to any card. Make an award ribbon for that special mother or father in your life. Then, attach it to the front (or inside) of your handmade greeting cards. You will get the best hug you have ever had by giving such a thoughtful gift.

Or, go all sorts of fancy with big, beautiful bows on Christmas and other holiday cards. Even if you don’t want to design a card, find some inexpensive cards and add to them with strips of ribbon rolls or bows made from custom ribbons. Don’t forget the most important part: personalization! Add a festive message to your color choice, and people are sure to know how much you care.

The Feeling of Greeting Cards

From congratulations to a simple missing you, expressing your feelings is what greeting cards are all about. So, learn how to say thank you, congratulations, good luck and so much more with your personalized ribbons.

Express gratitude, say you’re sorry or give condolences with personalized ribbon cards. No matter your emotion, you can make a greeting card with personalized ribbons that says it all.

Wedding Traditions are Better with Ribbons

custom blue ribbons around tealight candles used for a wedding

A wedding is a day for celebrating love, joy and families coming together. And, what better way to bring two families together than wedding traditions. Whether it’s a tradition that has been handed down for many generations or something the special couple has chosen just for themselves, it’s a time for the couple to celebrate their love for each other.

From finding the perfect dress to picking the right venue, every detail should be just right. While there is much to do, here are a few fun traditions we found that will have added meaning when you incorporate custom ribbons. So try these out, or suggest them to a friend who is about to tie the knot!

Handfasting Ceremonies

handfasting ceremonies are just one of the many traditions performed at weddings

This particular ceremony is becoming more and more popular, but it has strong, traditional roots. No matter the reason the bride and groom have chosen this ceremony, it always involves cords or ribbons. The word handfasting has given us phrases such as “tying the knot” and “bonds of matrimony.” It signifies the joining of the individuals involved. During the ceremony, the ribbons are woven together using colors, messages and symbols chosen by the couple.

Make sure that everyone feels involved by including small trinkets such as charms into the ribbon weave or braid. From favorite colors or symbols that represent different events in the couple’s lives, each trinket should be unique. Another way to include everyone is to have various family members such as mom/dad or grandma/grandpa place different parts of the ribbons around the couple’s hands.

And, why not make this an even more unique and individualized experience? Customize your ribbon rolls before braiding them together in the traditional manner. Choose names, dates, sayings or practically anything that involves the couple getting married. And, consistent with the tradition, both the bride and groom will have individual ribbons to have wrapped around their clasped hands. So, the ribbon imprint will not only be unique to the couple but individualized to the person. This, in turn, will help signify the joining of the two in marriage.

The Cake Pull

While this is a tradition most often found in the American South, it still fits in for nearly any wedding. And, when you customize the ribbons to go with the pulls, you add a specific and unforgettable charm. So, what is a cake pull?

cake pulls are a fun way to incorporate southern traditions into your wedding

A cake pull, sometimes also known as a ribbon pull, is a New Orleans wedding tradition not unlike the bouquet toss. The bride gathers a number of her single or eligible female friends around the wedding cake. Inserted into the wedding cake are various charms with ribbon tails. After a count of three, each of the women pulls a ribbon, exposing a charm. The charm is meant to signify the puller’s future.

There are eight classic charms historically used for ribbon pulls, each with its own meaning. The ring (which indicates the next to get married), the horseshoe or the four-leaf clover (signifying good luck), the telephone (offering good news), the anchor (encouraging hope), the heart (indicating impending love), the thimble or the button (revealing the old maid), and the penny (meaning poverty). While these are the charms used most often, a cake pull can have up to twenty different charms for the various single friends of the bride.

The charms are usually inserted into the bottom layer of the cake (after it is baked, but before it is frosted) and are often made of sterling silver to be a keepsake for the woman who pulled it. Many brides provide bracelets as gifts for the charm to be worn on.

Now you can take this fun-filled tradition and make it your own!. Add fun, custom text to small ribbons that are then attached to each charm before being baked into the wedding cake.

Don’t Forget the Accessories!

From trading out traditional flowers for a ribbon filled embroidery hoop to adding custom ribbons to jewelry, every wedding will be perfect with personalized ribbons. And, here are some great ideas to add to your new traditions.

Braid custom ribbons into the bride’s hair instead of a veil to truly make a statement during the wedding. And, don’t leave out the bride’s maids or flower girls. Let them in on some of the ribbon fun. Let them carry ribbons with their flowers or weave some of the custom ribbon into jewelry as a statement piece.

add something blue and keep in line with wedding traditions using custom ribbons on shoes

In need of something blue for the bride? Order custom blue ribbon rolls and tie big beautiful bows to her wedding shoes. Keep the traditions alive with blue ribbons in the bride’s bouquet or throughout her accessories. From the garter to a small piece of ribbon tacked inside the hem of her wedding dress, help that special gal find her something blue for her special day.

And don’t stop there! Add these pretty ribbons to embellishments for all the dresses and suits for the wedding party. Yes, it is traditional to use flowers, but incorporate ribbons to make everything even better. Even the men in the wedding party can be part of these fun traditions.

So, no matter what traditions you plan on having at your wedding, remember that custom ribbons make everything better!

Honoring Dad: the Man, the Myth, the Legend

Do you have the best dad ever? Let us help you show him how much you care!

Finding the perfect way to celebrate dad is sometimes an uphill battle. And finding a gift, that’s another problem (try an executive desk wedge). But, once you have found that perfect gift for dad, let us help you with the perfect presentation.

Use ribbons to make your Father’s Day like no other. And, they go perfect with nearly any wrapping. From tying the perfect bow, to figuring out the gift wrapping, everything is better with ribbon. So, head on over and grab a classic blue ribbon and get started. Or, choose your dad’s favorite color so he knows just how much you care. No matter your ribbon choice, we’re sure to have the perfect fit. And here are some ways to make it happen.

Custom Ribbon Rolls for Your Dad

Father's Day ribbon with a special message for dad

From a special hand-made card to wrapping the perfect present, your dad is sure to love your use of custom ribbon rolls. While blue is a classic color for this spectacular holiday, we have an abundance of colors to choose from. So, grab his favorite color and treat your dad to a specially wrapped present today.

Whether it’s in a box or a bag, simple ribbon bows are the perfect type of gift presentation. Wrap the ribbon roll all the way around your gift and try these simple bows now.

Classic Gift Bow

use custom ribbon rolls to make a classic gift bow for your dad on Father's Day

Probably the easiest to tie bow is this classic, go-to look. It’s the same type of bow we all know from when we learned how to tie our shoes as kids. Start by taking the length of desired ribbon and create two loops. Most likely you will make this bow with the same ribbon you wrap around the present or gift box. Second, cross the loops, one in front and one behind. Bring one of the loops through the hole that has been created (almost a third loop, at the bottom). Pull both sides to form the bow.

Classic Pom-Pom Gift Bow

use custom ribbon rolls to make a classic pom-pom gift bow for your dad on Father's Day

Pom-pom bows are the fullest type of gift bows and are typically used for larger gifts. To make this bow, you will need one very long piece of ribbon. Two colored (each side is a different shade) or printed ribbon is perfect to use for this type of bow. Also, the longer the piece of ribbon, the fuller and bigger the bow will be. Start by folding the ribbon in half to find the middle of the ribbon. Once you have the middle, twist the ribbon once and create a loop on one side.

Do this for both sides until you have the same number of loops on each side with some ribbon remaining for the tails. Once you reach this step, take a smaller length of the same ribbon and tie it around the center of the bow (where you were twisting the loops) to secure the whole thing. Once it is secure, make sure the tails are the same length and then gently pull the loops apart to make the pom-pom.

Hand-Made Cards

From a woven look to embellishments, ribbons are perfect for cards. Add his favorite color or the classic blue to your message to your dad. He’s sure to love it! And, when you add personalized ribbon to a card as an embellishment, it creates a 3D effect and makes everything stand out.

Show your dad how much you care by mixing in ribbons on your homemade greeting card. Not only have you now created your own personalized card unique to your father, but you should still have plenty of the personalized ribbons to wrap any presents that coordinate with the card!

Use custom ribbon rolls to wrap a gift for your dad on Father's Day

Don’t forget the personalization!

Use fun phrases like Happy Father’s Day or To the Best Daddy for your custom ribbon rolls. Make sure to use something that will make your dad proud to be yours. Add names and dates to really make the ribbon roll personalized to that special father figure in your life.

Check out this cute idea!

strips of ribbon roll wrapped around cutlery create a bow tie to celebrate your dad

Are you hosting a dinner this year? Create unique place settings by wrapping strips of ribbon rolls around your napkins and silverware. It will make your cutlery look like little bow ties. And, who doesn’t like a tie for Father’s Day?