The blue ribbon winner of the mixed vegetable basket at the Cottonwood Fall Fair. Inset photos: Judges (left to right) Netta Fominoff

The blue ribbon winner of the mixed vegetable basket at the Cottonwood Fall Fair. Inset photos: Judges (left to right) Netta Fominoff

Blue ribbon day at Cottonwood fall fair

Tasked with tasting homemade cherry pie, and tomato, plum and cherry juice, who wouldn’t want to be on the judging committee.

The Cottonwood fall fair was full of blue ribbons today as farmers put their best bounty forward today. There was a contest for best locally grown fruits and vegetables, home preserves, home baked pies which brought out the best of this season’s local harvest.

Judges Netta Fominoff, Lily Mayall and Jim Drake had the pleasure of tasting the likes of homemade cherry pies, bread, jams and fruit juices. They said they were basing their decisions on taste, quality, texture, beauty, cleanliness, and if items were local, organic and pure. In the home preserves and home baking categories, contestants were asked to use as many locally produced ingredients as possible and included an ingredient list.

John Alton was there to assist the Eco Society organized fair. He started the revived fall fair seven years ago and was happy to see the animal petting zoo which had kids (baby goats), a wee spotted piglet, and hens.

Live music by Morien Jones and Brian Rosen added to the festive air.

Check back for a complete list of contest winners.