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Gwinnett County Fair announces exhibition winners

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Hundreds of local Gwinnett residents worked for weeks and sometimes months on craft projects, food preservation jars and art to be entered into the Gwinnett County Fair Exhibition competition in hopes of winning a blue ribbon. While many people won first, second and third place in different categories, only two can win the overall title. This year, Savannah Tully took the Youth Overall and Deb Brown snagged the Adult Overall with their hand-crafted goods.

To win such an award takes a lot of preparation. Contestants are allowed to enter up to 10 items. Overall winners need to take first place in at least three divisions and accumulate 15 points or more.

Youth winner Tully is in high school, but this isn't her first time entering into the event.

"I've participated in this before," Tully, 15, of Snellville and student at St. Pius X, said. "I make things that I like. I've been crafting for as long as I can remember."

She won first place in every category she entered, which included original art, decorations and color.

Adult winner Brown didn't get a perfect score like Tully, but she blew her competition away.

"I remember coming to the fair about three years ago and looking at the exhibitions," Brown, a Snellville resident, said. "I said out loud, 'I can do this,' and I entered the next year."

Brown has been crafting for the past 30 years and when she decided to join the competition, she took a slightly different approach.

"I just work on things and later choose what is fair worthy," Brown said.

Brown is also a judge during the show. She examines a number of categories, but whenever her own pieces are up, she passes them off to someone else. She does not judge her own work.

Brown took the win in the needlework, crafts and holiday house divisions.

2011 Gwinnett County Fair - Home Garden Results

Apples

1st – Ann Sudderth

2nd – Glad Sudderth

3rd – Randy Pendegrass

Beans – handful

1st – Joe Burns

2nd – David Ellington

3rd – Luke Winter

Beans – String

1st – Joe Burns

2nd – Erin Black

3rd – Randy Pendegrass

Beans – Other

1st – David Ellington

Corn – white

1st – Cereta Sudderth

2nd – Ann Sudderth

3rd – Matthew Sudderth

Corn – Best Stalks

1st – Glad Sudderth

2nd – Andrew Sudderth

3rd – Lamar Sudderth

Cucumbers

1st – Joe Burns

2nd – Erin Black

Dried Lima

1st – David Ellington

2nd – Myron Bulloch

3rd – Randy Pendegrass

Dried – Other

1st – Randy Pendegrass

Dried – Peas

1st – Randy Pendegrass

2nd – Luke Winter

3rd – Glad Sudderth

Dried Seeds

1st – Randy Pendegrass

2nd – Crystal Mills

3rd – Mary Ellington

Eggplant

1st – Joe Burns

2nd – Pat Burns

3rd – Diane Hall

Figs

1st – Crystal mills

2nd – Jimmy Cloer

3rd – Joe Burns

Gourds – Martin

1st – Joe Burns

2nd – Jimmy Cloer

Gourds – Other

1st – Joe Burns

2nd – Pat Burns

Honey – with comb

– 1st – Cereta Sudderth

Honey – no comb

1st – Rob Alexander

2nd – Pattie Alexander

3rd – Beth Sudderth

Muscadines

1st – Randy Pendegrass

2nd – David Ellington

3rd – Jimmy Cloer

Nuts – Chestnuts

1st – Ann Sudderth

2nd – Cereta Sudderth

3rd – Glad Sudderth

Nuts – Other

1st – Crystal Mills

2nd – Bob Marsh

3rd – Tim Coston

Okra – Green

1st – Jimmy Cloer

2nd – Tim Coston

3rd – Luke Winter

Okra – Other

1st – Glad Sudderth

2nd – Ann Sudderth

3rd – Luke Winter

Onions – bunch

1st – Lamar Sudderth

2nd – Beth Sudderth

3rd – Glad Sudderth

Peanuts

1st – Dennis Freeman

2nd – Randy Pendegrass

Pears

1st – Connor Sampers

2nd – Lonnie Dalton

3rd – Ann Sudderth

Peas

1st – Joe Burns

2nd – Randy Pendegrass

3rd – Crystal Mills

Pepper – Bell

– 1st – Jimmy Cloer

2nd – Diane Hall

3rd – Roxanne Lau

Pepper – Banana

1st – Jimmy Cloer

2nd – Glad Sudderth

3rd – Roxanne Lau

Peppers – Hot

1st – Randy Pendegrass

2nd – Elizabeth Shultz

3rd – Steve Shultz

Peppers – Other

1st – Steve Shultz

2nd – Ryan Franklin

3rd – Maegan Shultz

Pepper – potted

1st – Jan Bulloch

2nd – Randy Pendegrass

3rd – Ryan Franklin

Potatoes – sweet

1st – Diane Hall

2nd – Crystal Mills

3rd – Breena Glover

Pumpkins – Ornamental

1st – Joe Burns

2nd – Luke Winter

Squash – Butternut

1st – Luke Winter

2nd – Evan Samples

3rd – Mike Freeman

Squash – Other

1st – Joe Burns

Sunflower – Largest

1st – Hunter Wilson

2nd – Luke Winter

Sunflower – Novelty

1st – Diane Hall

2nd – Hunter Wilson

3rd – Luke Winter

Tomatoes – Novelty

1st – Randy Pendegrass

2nd – Glad Sudderth

3rd – Crystal Mills

Tomatoes – Red

1st – Glad Sudderth

2nd – Ann Sudderth

3rd – Cereta Sudderth

Watermelon – Icebox

1st – David Ellington

2nd – Roxanne Lau

3rd – Diane Hall

Watermelon – Largest

1st – David Ellington

2nd – Charis Cook

3rd – Diane Hall

Other – Miscellaneous

1st – Randal Titshaw

2nd – Crystal Mills

3rd – Shelia Riggs

Creative Vegetable Display

1st – Renee Tanner

2nd – Jimmy Cloer

3rd – Cleveland Johnson

Decorated Fruit or Vegetable

1st – Luke Winter

Garden Drawings

1st – Sydney Titshaw

2nd – Seneca Titshaw