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September 26, 2011

Competition, Big E Style

Well hello there everyone!  Sorry I hadn’t been around much last week; life and such gets in the way sometimes, you know what I mean?  I’ll try to do better this week.  I want to start off this week with my contribution to Scott Thomas’s photo assignment “Competition”. You still have a couple more days to get yours in before the deadline of September 28th if you’d like to participate.

My photos for this assignment are probably one of the most literal interpretations of competition.  Last Sunday, on a most beautiful day, I found myself at the Eastern States Exposition, with a bunch of crazy talking animals!  Locally known as “The Big E,”  it has to be one of the largest state fairs, since it encompasses all six New England States.  There is a dedicated fairground located in West Springfield, MA, and for 17 days each fall it is transformed into a cornucopia for the senses.  For me, the only real competition was among the food vendors for what I was going to eat first! (Neglectfully, I did not photograph these items.  😦 I’m sorry folks, that could have been its own blog post!)

I realized after reviewing my photos from the day, the competitions I chose to photograph happened to be of some of my own interests or hobbies.  I swear I didn’t do it on purpose – it seemed to happen subconsciously!  I photographed a quilt competition:


A growing competition:

I think the biggest pumpkin was 653 pounds!

An animal competition (I believe this was for children ages 9-12 and their horses were displaying trotting and jumping)


And would you believe, a photography competition!

This particular group was a youth competition – I thought they showed some nice promise.

Get your competition shots posted soon, everyone!  I’ll look forward to seeing your takes – and thanks as always to Scott for hosting the photo assignment.




  1. Really nice pictures Karen. I noticed the quilt on the far left is really quiet beautiful. Lots of details.

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — September 26, 2011 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, very nice pictures! I love that winter quilt ♥ It’s getting First Place from me! 🙂
    Those pumpkins are HUGE! Did it say anywhere how much they weighed? Some really nice entries for the photography competition, too!

    I actually just scheduled my contribution to the challenge. I took pictures this morning and thought I was cheating, but then it turned out to be not cheting after all 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 26, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Michaela. Are you just looking at pictures and not reading? That big ol’ pumpkin’s weight is written up there! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 28, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

      • I WAS reading, but completely missed the line with the weight. Oops! 🙂

        Comment by thedailyclick — October 1, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  3. Looks lilke a lot of fun there. So many things to see. 🙂

    Comment by tedgriffith — September 27, 2011 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • It was fun for me since I hadn’t visited the fair in a very long time.

      Comment by Karma — September 28, 2011 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  4. Great competition series, Karma. 🙂

    It looks like it was a lot of fun.

    Comment by Robin — September 27, 2011 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

  5. What a variety of colorful images. The quilts are my favorite.

    Comment by flandrumhill — September 28, 2011 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much – and thanks for stopping by my blog, Amy!

      Comment by Karma — September 28, 2011 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  6. I am not surprised you photographed what interests you. That is only natural and does make for better photographs because it is something you like. The photos from the horse class brings back memories as my daughter competed there in Regionals for Arabian horses a couple of times. A nice variety of competitions which are found at fairs.

    I wonder how many pumpkin pies could be made from that six hundred pounder?

    Maybe next year I will do Fair Food assignment. 😉

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 28, 2011 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

    • I suppose you are right – it is natural to photograph favorites – hence the general theme of flowers, ocean, animals and my kids on this blog!
      Bleah, no pumpkin pie for me – not a fan. 😛
      Gee it would be just awful to do a food fair assignment! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 28, 2011 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  7. The quilts, horses, and artwork are nice – but I really like the pumpkins! Do you suppose they’d stand them upright if they could?

    Comment by Barbara — October 1, 2011 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Barbara. I think those gigantic pumpkins would probably have a hard time standing upright!

      Comment by Karma — October 1, 2011 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  8. […] it got Karma to visit her state fair for the first time in a decade.   She found, as I did, a diversity of competitions at the Big E and probably ate some fried foods along the way, […]

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