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.

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?

Ribbon Impressions: A Better Way to Blog

Ribbon Impressions provides information about everything from custom ribbon roll ideas for your wedding to badge ribbons for a conference or convention.

Plastic, engraved sign describing Coller Industries Incorporated's personalized ribbons blog Ribbon Impressions

And don’t forget about rosette ribbons for your award needs, such as fair or festival prizes. Find all your ribbon needs in one place and learn how to best use them at events, during promotions and for your corporate gifting. Discover inspiration for using personalized ribbons and find useful how-to articles.

Because We are so Much More Than News, We’re Now Ribbon Impressions

We started as “Ribbon News,” but over the years, we’ve branched out to so much more. And to keep in line with that expansion, we have changed our name to Ribbon Impressions. We have grown rapidly as Coller Industries Incorporated over the past 20 or so years, and our focus and mission have always remained the same “To Serve Our Customers.” We accomplish this mission by providing fast and friendly service with only the highest-quality products.

It isn’t just the ribbons, it’s the ideas and uses too!

Coller Industries Incorporated's personalized ribbons blog Ribbon Impressions

Yes, we sell badge ribbons, rosette ribbons, ribbon rolls, award ribbons, event ribbons and every personalized ribbon you can think of. But, we’re so much more. From corporate gifting to event planning, this blog shows just how much your organization needs personalized ribbons. Learn how to decorate your venue and recognize VIPs at your next event. Or, find unique ways to promote your brand from colorful ribbon handouts to add that special something to your gift wrapping. And let’s not forget awards for schools and local contests. No matter what you need your ribbons for, this blog (by Coller Industries Incorporated) has all the creative ideas you need to get started.

Coller Industries Incorporated broadens the blogosphere with a new long-form content platform and renames two product and idea based blogs.

Coller Industries Incorporated's event planning and informational blog The Learning Center

The Learning Center is full of articles about learning how to host the best event ever, networking with colleagues and so much more. We guarantee that the information you find here will help you and your business. With a wide range of products such as ribbon rolls, rosettes, name tags, lanyards and award plaques, we want to make sure that you know how and where to use them. Whether you’re planning the best conference anyone will ever attend or hosting a simple dinner party, The Learning Center is here to make sure you are using these tools in the best possible ways. https://www.nametag.com/learning-center/

Coller Industries Incorporated's personal identification blog Influencing Identity

Influencing Identity is here to help you figure out how to use name tags and identification products. From name tags for your business to badge holders for your next conference, we have it all. Get all your identification needs in one place and find out how to use them at work, while networking and at any event you are planning. Use our how-to articles to get your ideas flowing for working with all of your personal identification. https://www.nametag.com/nametagexperience/

Rosette Ribbons and Their Versatility

These wonderful rosette ribbons aren’t just for awards!

With all of the available custom options for rosette ribbons, these decorative awards are far more useful than most people give them credit. Yes, they are commonly used as award ribbons, but there are so many other uses! Here are some great suggestions for these perfectly versatile ribbons.

four inch streamers on rosette ribbons

five inch streamers on rosette ribbons

six inch streamers on rosette ribbons

But first, what are rosette ribbons?

There are three parts to these ribbons.

wheaton rosette ribbons in a frame for displayFirst, the rosette. The rosette is the fanciest part of these ribbons. Customize each layer (tier) with different colors. Each rosette comes with one to four tiers of ribbons, depending on your rosette choice, tucked and pleated to embellish their look. This stacking of ribbons is what makes rosettes stand out from any other award ribbon. And, it gives them their character and name. The way the tiers are stacked makes these ribbons look like a rose!

The second part is the center button. Each button comes as cello, gold-rimmed or satin. And each one can be customized to fit any need you have. Add a logo or a stock graphic to make your ribbon stand out. The button can also have a custom color to match the rosette. This part also holds the rosette together to give it the final custom touch.

And lastly, the streamers. While the rosette is what makes these ribbons fancy, the streamers may be the most crucial part. Personalize any of these rosettes with text, logos and other details. There are options of one, two or three streamers with one color imprinting. The colors are also chosen to match the rosette and button. And, this is where you add any custom text to explain the award or other use for your rosette ribbons. Add names, titles and achievements to the streamers to meet any of your needs.

Awards and Such

From equestrian events to fairs and classrooms, Rosette Ribbons are perfect for all awards.

Rosette Ribbons are great for place ribbons. So, when you have a classroom contest or a need to represent several athletes for the quality of their work, choose from a variety of styles and colors. Most ribbons represent up to nine places and also participation awards. All our rosette ribbons are high quality and can be ordered as custom or stock rosette award ribbons.

And, these rosettes are perfect for awards for any shows or event types. From sports, hobbies and animals to horticulture, business achievements and education everyone will want a rosette as their award for a job well done. With the fancy tops and long streamers, the high-end look will indeed show recognition for doing well.

Customize each ribbon to your needs by choosing a logo or graphic to go with the sporting event or school activity. Then, provide a message for each streamer and individual names for each award. No matter your choice, each award recipient is sure to treasure such a unique gift.

Decorations for Parties and Other Events

Equestrian Themed Wedding Rosette RibbonsRosette Ribbons are not only for awards! Use them at your next party or other event. And while awards are perfect on a rosette ribbon, customize this ribbon choice to meet any need. From table decorations to fun props for a photo booth at a wedding, rosettes are more versatile than you know.

Don’t limit your thinking when it comes to using ribbons during any event. The key here is to make sure you display the correct message. And make sure that your color choice matches any theme you might have. Using each part of the rosette, customize these fancy ribbons to match your event.

From a wedding to a business convention, rosette ribbons can be the answer to almost any decorating need. Use them as a fancy place setting or a way of directing people into the right banquet room in a hotel or other venue.

Corporate and Personal Gifting

Use your custom rosette ribbons to celebrate someone meaningful. Whether it’s for your business or a family member, a thoughtful custom gift is sure to make someone feel special. From birthdays to Valentine’s day and Christmas to Halloween, every holiday needs a little ribbon.

Instead of traditional wrapping, use a rosette to replace the average bow on a present or party favor. Or use these fancy ribbons as the actual gift. Recognize anyone for a job they have done well. Or for just turning a year older. And, no matter the reason for the gift, your recipient is sure to remember the thoughtfulness that went into the customization of this unique ribbon.

So, remember the next time you use rosette ribbons that they are so much more than meets the eye. And, if you need help choosing the right rosette, try this!