Green - Color or Innovation
Blue - First Place
Red - Second Place
White - Third Place
Pink - Merit
I didn't do well this year; I'll blame it on the one and a half days I spent making my hats. I threw this one together in less than 20 minutes. I never thought it would win anything. No headband; but it's small, and that's the trend these days.
This one didn't place (category, purchased embellished hat).
This one you've seen before; I received the Judge's Award for Merit for this one. The only thing new here is the detachable veil that I added chenille to. The veil should have gown under the hat and the feather to the front side (the grosgrain ends in the back).
Finally, I also received the Judge's Award for Merit for this one. I think these awards are like "thank you for entering but do better next time."
This is my daughter's little hat; you would have to see it on the head to really appreciate it. She burned the feathers herself and they swirl across the face. She received the Judge's Award for Merit.
Before typing this post I vowed to keep my opinions to myself, but I just had to mention two hats that did not even receive a Judge's Award for Merit but were absolutely wonderful (to me). Sandra Square of San Bernardino, I thought your hat was one of the best made hats of all the entries. The workmanship was impeccable. I really have to stop looking at things like workmanship and focus more on trends.
Louise McGee of Inglewood, nice, very nice. I'm a sucker for a beautiful well made transparent hat. I think these entrants had hats in various categories also.
I'm sure there were others, but my family wanted to go play games. I didn't have as much time as I wanted with the hats. Next year I think I'll go to the fair at least once alone.