Steve... I emailed the fair because I was told by a friend that I tied for 2nd place on the entire competition, yet my name wasnt posted at the display.
Congratulations! You must have tied with the guy in our winemaking club. I noticed in the newsletter that he had three 1st place ribbons. The woman who took home the silver plate this year is up from around your area, too - Gilbert, I think.
I got my judges notes back a few days ago. They were.... interesting. All over the map. I'm actually a little miffed about one of them. One judge gave me a score of 97 for my fortified wine entry and wrote glowing remarks, the 2nd judge scored it 90 points (about where I felt it should've scored), and the 3rd judge scored it 56 and basically said it was a crap effort.
A 56? How in the world can there be that
much discrepancy? That's two years in a row I've been given extremely low scores by the 3rd judge. The wine came in 5th in the category, so I guess I shouldn't complain, but I'm thinking next year I need to enter some grape wines that people are more familiar with. Some of the off-the-wall varieties I entered this year only seemed to confuse the judges, or at least judge #3.
Oh well. Enough grumbling. Like you said, there's always next year.