Tied for third is plenty good enough when it comes to setting the record for the most number of consecutive days above ninety degrees in Indianapolis. Lucky us, we did it today! If we have six more days of temperatures reaching 90 or above, then we’ll tie the 1936 first place record of 19 days. Seven more days and 2007 gets first place outright!
I’m personally ready to drop out of this hot weather competition, as is everyone else around here. There’s a chance it could end tomorrow, and I hope it does.
There are other competitions currently going on at the great Indiana State Fair that are more interesting to me. They’ve decided this is the year of corn at the fair, hence the picture above of some of my corn in the garden. As part of the festivities, they have some competitions for corn cob throwing and corn husking, amongst other corn related events.
Those would be fascinating competitions to watch, I’m sure, but I’m more interested in the open class competitions where anyone can bring in their produce or flowers and compete for a blue ribbon.
How do those gardeners do it? How do they time it so their produce, be it beets or brocolli, tomatoes or squash, is at the peak of perfection for judging when state fair time rolls around in August? How do they get dahlias and sunflowers to produce a perfect bloom on the day of judging? I can understand how people do it with the cooking and canning competitions, but it must take a “fair” amount of work to have the perfect product or flowers on a specific day, especially around here in hot August.
Have you ever entered something you grew in a competition like this? What drives you to compete? What did you enter? What did you win? Any secrets you’d care to share on how you got your produce or flower to be at the peak of goodness or perfection on a specific day?