9 Things You Didn’t Know Could Win the State Fair

I’ve wandered through the ag-hort building at the Indiana State Fair for years, marveling at the things people have grown. There are watermelons as big as my kid, gorgeous Indian corn, and amazing produce. This year, though, a few more unique items caught my eye — things I had no idea could win awards.

Here are 9 actual categories for prizes in the state fair:

Check out the bonsai tree creations — they’re all completely stunning, with or without a blue ribbon.

You guys, Christmas trees are a real prize category at the state fair. I’ve seen the decorated trees in the Home & Arts building, but this award is for growing trees.

I knew you could enter flowers and even arrangements, but I’ve never before seen a blue ribbon corsage.

Decorated produce is a real thing, you guys. They’re like Jack-O-Lanterns, but for more than just pumpkins. I saw decorated watermelons, a car cucumber, and so many more.

Hay. Seriously, hay. It’s not just for the animal pens anymore. You can see an entire display of award-winning hay.

Every year, we stop by to see the bees and buy honey sticks. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed before that the honey display included prize ribbons.

I don”t know if this is a brand new category, but I do know I’ve never seen award-winning scarecrows. This one is my favorite, but the scarecrows deserve a full feature because I was blown away.

I barely even know what a terrarium is. There’s no way I could begin to judge a blue ribbon one.

You can also ribbon in wreaths. I guess to go with the Christmas trees?