Kickstarter goal reached!

Photo by Flickr user Mickebear
Photo by Flickr user Mickebear

It’s time to celebrate! Thanks to dedicated DC State Fair supporters — including readers like you — our Kickstarter fundraiser reached its goal on August 31. That night, fundraising chair Amelia Showalter sent the following message to contributors:

Wow! The DC State Fair Kickstarter is done. Thanks to you, it was a success! In the next few days we’ll be mailing out surveys to collect the information we need to send you your reward (mailing address, tshirt sizes, etc). So keep an eye on your inbox for one more Kickstarter email.

On behalf of everyone who works so hard to make DC State Fair happen, I want to express how truly grateful we are for the community’s support during this Kickstarter campaign. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much. Not only did we reach our initial goal of $3500, but we even reached our second goal of $5000 just before the Kickstarter ended tonight. Continue reading “Kickstarter goal reached!”

Did you know the 2013 contests are posted?

Kenneth Moore presents a blue ribbon.
Kenneth Moore presents a blue ribbon.

Want to get that blue ribbon feeling? Lucky for you, you have 18 ways to show your talent. Yes, the  2013 DC State Fair contests are now posted.

A read through this list is the first step toward a win.

We look forward to releasing rules and registration forms in early September. Check your inbox or sign up for the State of the Fair Newsletter to find out as soon as registration opens.

Good luck!

Check Out Those Seedlings!

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Swappers make their selections. Photo by Emily Citkowski.

The third annual DC State Fair Seedling Swap on May 5 at the Center for Green Urbanism was a great success. While we plan to rock the District with our fourth DC State Fair on September 28 at the Barracks Row Fall Festival, we aren’t content to sit around until then. This event was the first of several leading up to the big event.

Read on to relive the fun (and get tips for your seedlings) if you were there, and to catch up if you missed it. Continue reading “Check Out Those Seedlings!”

What to bring to a seedling swap

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Photo by Flickr user Chadica

Overalls? A prom dress? Scuba gear? Sure, wear ’em all. It’s not so much about how you gussy up for the DC State Fair Seedling Swap, but what you bring.

Here’s what we suggest:

Seedlings you’ve grown or bought (although if you don’t have any, you are still very welcome to come!), labeled with at the very least plant name and variety (growing info would be great, too!)

Some tips to share about how to grow the seedlings you’re bringing

1 cardboard box or tray big enough to hold at least 4 to 6 seedlings–bring several in case you walk home with more

1 notebook to record ideas, stash instructions on building a raised bed, and jot down the contact info of your new gardener friends

Your phone with camera and Twitter to share the event using the #seedlingswap hashtag

1 Rubbermaid-style 5-gallon plastic bin to make a worm bin

1 old shoe to grow a sunflower

Cash for contributions and purchasing unique seedlings and plant starts (ginger, turmeric, and more!) from Three Part Harmony Farm

Questions? E-mail us. See you there!

Competition on 8th Street to stardom on P Street

The five Meet the Sweets participants stand by a sign at the P Street Whole Foods.
The five Meet the Sweets participants stand by a sign at P Street Whole Foods.

In December 2012, DC State Fair sponsor Whole Foods P Street put out the red carpet for our pie and cupcake winners. A team led by Daniel Thaeler transformed the store into an ode to some of D.C.’s best bakers, designing profiles and recipe cards for each baker and confection, and inviting the winners to share samples.

The people who went from Fair contestants on 8th Street to stardom on P Street included (pictured from left):

Best Cupcake: Esther Ventus with the Juan Carlos Cupcake, a chocolate-raspberry creation

Most Creative Pie: Frank Asher and Sarah McLaughlin with Vegan Pot Pie

Best Apple Pie: Megan McConville with her Classic Double Crusted Apple Pie

Most Creative Cupcake: Heidi Goldberg with The Sweet and Salty, a sweet potato cupcake with salted caramel buttercream

(More photos after the jump!) Continue reading “Competition on 8th Street to stardom on P Street”

Winner spotlight: Sophia Diggs-Galligan

Meet Sophia Diggs-Galligan. She garnered both a Kids Poetry Contest first place ribbon for her age group and the first place prize over all for her poem “The Farmer.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges.

The video shows Sophia reading her poem and keeping tremendous poise among the hubbub of the fair. Microphone assistance came from Kid Power‘s Grant Elliott and American Sign Language interpretation was courtesy of Birnbaum Interpreting Services. A transcript of the poem follows the jump. Continue reading “Winner spotlight: Sophia Diggs-Galligan”

Winner spotlight: Rachel Epstein-Shuman

We are pleased to introduce you to Rachel Epstein-Shuman, who took home a first place ribbon in the Kids Poetry Contest with “On the Steps of My Garden.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges.

The video shows Rachel reading her poem on the morning of the fair, with microphone assistance from Kid Power‘s Grant Elliott and American Sign Language interpretation courtesy of Birnbaum Interpreting Services. A transcript of the poem follows the jump.

Continue reading “Winner spotlight: Rachel Epstein-Shuman”

Winner spotlight: Vivienne Rioux-Bailey

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We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Vivienne Rioux-Bailey, who took home a second place ribbon in the Kids Poetry Contest with her poem “Everybody Knows About Carrots.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges (PDF).

Many thanks to Kid Power DC for their sponsorship of the contest!

Without further ado, here is the poem:

Vivienne Rioux-Bailey – Second Place, grades 4 and 5

Everybody Knows About Carrots

My cats Ping and Pong love them
While my friend despises them!
While a witch is putting them in her pot,
My mom’s probably not!
Carrots are good for your eyes.
They have a nice crunch and munch
While you’re training for your punch.
They’re crunchy like a Kit Kat
But healthy as can be (like peas)!
Crazy, crunchy cool as can be
A vicious and nutritious snack
A pop-in-the-mouth snack
So convenient my mother says
I like to say, “A carrot a day keeps the doctor away.”
Carrots are a nice and juicy snack for the road.
“Got Carrots” is a phrase you should say–especially today.
Remember bright stuff is always good for you, so EAT UP!

 Photo by Flickr user Steven Depolo

Whole Foods to feature DC State Fair winners at “Meet the Sweets”

DC_Sweets-2Whole Foods P Street, a sponsor of the 2012 DC State Fair, will honor winning bakers on Saturday, December 15. Here are the details from the store:

Meet the Sweets: DC State Fair Winners Featured at Whole Foods Market P Street

What: Last  summer Whole Foods Market P Street offered prizes for best recipes in the cupcakes and pie contests at the DC State Fair. We will be featuring those winner here at Whole Foods Market  P Street. The winners will share their creations, recipes and baking tips with customers. It’s all fun and continuing out tradition of being part of the community and sharing the love of FOOD!

(Thanks to the DC State Fair, these gems can share their creations!)

When: December 15th 11am – 2pm ( or until the samples run out!)

Where: Whole Foods Market P Street, 1440 P Street , Washington DC 20005

Featured: (as of December 6!)

Best Cupcake: Esther Ventus: Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

Most Creative Cupcake: Heidi Goldberg: The Sweet and Salty Sweet Potato Cupcake with salted caramel buttercream

Most Creative Pie: Frank Asher and Sarah McLaughlin: Vegan Pot Pie

Best Apple Pie: Megan McConville

Accepting applications for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors

If you’re a fan of the DC State Fair, you now have a chance to get to know us even better.

We are seeking three to four new members of the DC State Fair Executive Committee, as well as two new board members. Most Board members will serve on the Executive Committee, but they will have the added responsibility (and glory!) of directing the entire Fair’s efforts for 2013.

If you have nonprofit management experience, a knack for fundraising, deep roots in the District, a community development and engagement background, or just a passion to bring agricultural, culinary, and arts education to the community to develop and encourage neighborly showcasing of talent and competition, then we want you to apply! Continue reading “Accepting applications for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors”