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?

State, County and Local Fair Ribbon Guide

From produce to animal shows, any fair is all about the awards you get to take home.

Whether you live in the country, suburbs or city, most people enjoy a good time at their state or local fair. And why shouldn’t they? With superb bovines and delectable food dishes, a local festival is enjoyable for all ages.

So, you’ve attended the fair as an onlooker, but have you ever entered something into a contest? Do you have a favorite pet or livestock animal that you think might win a prize? What about your famous blueberry pie or cookie recipe for which everyone always asks? No matter what you enter into whatever contest, you know you deserve that big blue ribbon!

But, do you know from where those ribbons come?

Here at Personalized Ribbons, we sure do! From the traditional rosette ribbon to the simple badge ribbon, we not only have the blue ribbons for that precious pooch, but we have almost any other color you can think of or at least something to match it.

use custom rosette ribbons at your next fair or festival for awards of all sizesRosette Ribbons

This classic ribbon is always a great standby for a fair. With the beautiful tops and long streamers, everyone envies one of these beauties. They are perfect for livestock, edible goodies and every other coveted recognition.

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.

Ribbon Rolls

Are you selling something at your local fair and need to make sure people remember who you are? Try a custom ribbon roll to brand your wares. From mason jar products to homemade bread and pastries, a creative bow around each item is guaranteed to make your product stand out to your customers.

Ribbon rolls are great for creative decorating as well. Run several ribbons down the length of your show table in the pavilion. Or, create something a bit more unique to suit your needs. From table decorations to product displays, ribbon rolls are your go-to ribbon for all your needed decor.

Awards Ribbonsuse badge and other prize ribbons at your next fair or festival for awards of all sizes

Award ribbons can be a flat piece of ribbon, such as a badge ribbon, or a fancier use, such as rosette ribbons. Each ribbon is commonly presented as a prize or other mark of recognition to honor the recipient for an achievement. And these award ribbons come in all shapes and sizes.

So, no matter your ribbon choice, from badge to rosette, we’re sure to have a ribbon for what you need for your next fair or festival!