The first time I entered anything, I received a Red Ribbon for a cross stitch piece. It was entered in the category, "Unframed." Actually, it was unfinished because I did not have time to add all the beadwork and frame it, so I was really proud with getting a second-place for what I considered 'un-done.' And it gave me a push to do more the following year.
This year, I'm entering a patchwork pillow, a bed quilt, a lap quilt and a 3-panel wall hanging art quilt, some baked goods, jelly, plants and flowers from my garden. I intended to enter some veg, but the rain and cooler weather played havoc with them and nothing was ripe this week.
Having entries in the Fair makes me a part of it, and I really enjoy that: I am part of its very long tradition. There's so much history, so many people involved each year for 192 years... it connects me to them. And I like that connection.