Saturday, August 09, 2014

DAY NINE AT THE FAIR

Gale Berven, former president of South Dakota Woodcarvers, Inc. and  part time employee at Costco, purchased several boxes of Virginia Peanuts at a discount and donated them to the Sioux Empire Fair Woodcarving Expo.

 During the past nine days, visitors were invited to eat peanuts as they cast a ballot for Visitor's Choice and signed for a chance to win a whole box of peanuts.  Today, at 3:00 PM,  the always-willing-to-help Arts Coordinator, Wendy Sweeter, drew out the name of the lucky winner of a box of peanuts. Then votes for Visitor's Choice were counted.  It seems Craig Johnson really cleaned the house in this year's competition, winning 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place in the Intermediate Class, Overall Best of Show, and now the Visitor's Choice Award for his Coons at Home.  

Congratulations to Craig Johnson!

COONS AT HOME
by Craig Johnson
2014 Visitor's Choice Award


Friday, August 08, 2014

DAY EIGHT AT THE FAIR

THE BARN
by Larry Wilson
2nd Place in Novice Class

"STILL WORKING?" 
by Gale Berven
3rd Place Advanced Class

Vern Luke manning the display

Thursday, August 07, 2014

DAY SEVEN AT THE FAIR

Home Brew Prelims-- 6 pm in the Arts Building

As "Artist of the Day" I will be showing off my home-made tin-can forge and some home-made tools. 

PARADE OF HOMES
by Dave Johnson
2nd Place in Advanced Class

JAREEM JABDUL JABBAR
by Craig Johnson
2nd Place in Intermediate Class

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

DAY SIX AT THE FAIR

Ag Appreciation Day
George and Me
Pie Baking Contest at noon in the Arts Building

I will be "Artist of the Day" at the woodcarving expo.



 Pyrography (wood burning) is often a catagory in wood carving competitions, even though there is no carving involved in creating the image on wood.

This one by Nancy Cummings would no doubt have gotten a ribbon if it were competing just with other wood burning entries.
GHOST TOWN by Nancy Cummings

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

DAY FIVE AT THE FAIR


Having had the honor of being asked repeatedly to judge the 3-D part of the Dakota MasterWorks, I appreciate the difficulty  of picking out the prize winners  from a wide variety of  subjects, styles, and formats all included in one group.  In larger competitions birds compete against birds, caricatures against caricatures,  relief carving against relief, etc. 

GONE FISHING
by Dave Johnson
Because our competition separates entries into Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced classes,  the numbers are not enough to separate further into categories.   Judge Nancyjane Huel took what I thought was an innovative and professional approach. She evaluated each entry by its own merits and considered how it would stand in its category as part of a larger or national   competition.

Because we had no Honorable Mention ribbons, none were awarded.

Here are a just a few of the entries I believe should have gotten some kind of extra special award
CUTTING FIREWOOD
By Gerald Gackle

SANTA
by Gene Dickey


EAGLEby Richard Sabers
YELLOW PERCH
by William Dickey