The Washington Times-Herald

August 31, 2013

Sweet taste of winning at the Indiana State Fair

By Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — Darlene White has shown exhibits at the Indiana State Fair for 26 years including the years she participated in the style show.

"As far as exhibiting foods and such, this would be my 10th year," said White. "I usually have entries in jellies, jams, cookies, candy, breads and some antiques."

This year she decided to enter a project new to her, the President's Container of Candy. "I always sign up for 35 entries at the State Fair and most of the time I get them all entered, but not always," White said.

The President's Container of Candy entry judged participants on both the taste and the presentation of their entry. Presentation counted as 35 percent of the total score with the taste of the confections counted as 65 percent of the total score. The container was required to fit the theme of the fair as well.

"When I found this particular popcorn box, I decided I would enter the President's Candy Container entry which required two pounds of assorted homemade candies," said White. "This year the theme for the State Fair was "The Year of Popcorn" and I was sure this particular box could be a winner as far as the container design. So I bought several of the boxes just in case!"

White's box, a red and white striped container containing a popcorn box filled with caramel corn and two glasses filled with vanilla caramels, peanut brittle, pralines, divinity and pretzel turtles, took first prize.

"When I got the phone call about winning first place on the candy container I was very excited. I knew I needed a duplicate to present to the president of the state fair board," White said.

On Aug. 4, White was able to present her treat-filled box to State Fair board member Steve Simmerman of Battleground during an event in the Home and Family Arts Building. Since White won the project this year, she will not be eligible to enter the President's Candy Container next year.

White also entered the Chairman's Cookie Container where she was awarded second place. The cookie container required entrants to make three dozen homemade cookies.