Judging school

(Left to right) Jerri Moore, Kathy Nicholson and Judith Richell, members of the Family and Community Education Clubs in Cheatham County, attended Fairs & Festivals Judging School.

It takes blue-ribbon judges to recognize blue-ribbon fair entries, and three women from Cheatham County are now members of an elite group.

Jerri Moore, Kathy Nicholson and Judith Richell were among 116 participants across Middle Tennessee to attend the recent Tennessee Registered Judging School for fairs and festivals in Murfreesboro. The workshop was the first of its kind in the state.

“It takes experience to be able to identify fair entries that are the cream of the crop. The judging school covered how to be a judge, dos and don’ts, judge etiquette, and featured break-out sessions for in-depth learning,” said Shelly Barnes, a University of Tennessee Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Wilson County who helped to organize the workshop.

Six sessions were presented, and participants were able to choose three. Sessions included:

• Baked goods: cookie and candy;

• Canning, drying, and fermenting;

• Crafts;

• Fine arts: oil, acrylic, watercolor and pencil drawings;

• Needlework;

• Clothing construction.

The judging school committee works closely with the Tennessee Association of Fairs.

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