Clara Anglin of Lawrenceville and Dixie Dell of Duluth won as the overall entries at the Gwinnett County Fair. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)
DULUTH — At the Gwinnett County Fair, judges sorted through 1,100 entries from 145 adults and 90 students to pick the top participants in the adult and youth categories during the annual exhibition contest.
This year, Clara Anglin of Lawrenceville won the adult division while Dixie Dell of Duluth was the winner for the youth.
Dell, a home-schooled student, has entered into the competition before. This year, she received nine blue ribbons out of 10 items entered.
“Two years ago, we did this and it was really fun,” the 12-year-old said. “Hopefully, I’ll do it again next year.”
She entered four photographs, three drawings, two paintings and a ruffled apron.
“I’ve always liked art work and I love to draw,” the 12-year-old said. “During the school year, we took an art class, so I entered one or two of those. During the summer, I did some, too.”
Anglin, on the other hand, sews on a daily basis. She had a stockpile of things she could turn in for the competition.
“It just keeps you busy, so you don’t lose your marbles,” the 83-year-old said.
The elderly crafter was excited about winning — it’s her eighth time taking home the top prize over the years.
“I’ve got the (seven) plaques on my wall and there’s room for one more,” Anglin said with a laugh.
Winning these awards 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. All of the items are examined and displayed with the help of volunteers with the UGA and Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension Service, which hosts the exhibition competition each year.
“Everything is about volunteers in Gwinnett County and they are wonderful,” said Ines Beltran of the Extension Service. “They are everything. I couldn’t do this without them.”
The entries and ribbons are on display in the exhibition hall near the Davis Road entrance.