State Fair Blog 2017 & 2018
Notifications, Winner Announcements, and more
Before I go into the numbers I want to tell you about the voting ballot box...I mean cake! Carol Webb, made the first ballot cake for me in 2014. Made with styrofoam rings all glued together to look like a two-tiered cake. She then decorated it with orange and blue ribbon, lots of bling and caulk to pipe the border!
In 2015 Shannon Banky of All4FunCakes revamped the ballot box with a new sign and reapplied the same ribbons. Can't believe I didn't take a photo of it. The sign can be seen on this years cake but I covered the original with this years printout. I added a new ribbon treatment to match this years state fair theme: "Colors of Fun"
Okay, Let's Talk Numbers!
It takes a lot of time to sort through the ballots. We easily get over 500 entries per day. This number can jump to a thousand when we have a volunteer working the area and encouraging people to vote. It can take one person two to three hours to sort through and tally every vote. I do just that, I count every vote! It matters to the competitors and it is the only way I can get a good view of the voting.
Until this year ballot sheets had a comment section so people could leave the cake artist comments about their entry. The votes with comments then went to the competitor. It is a great way to give positive feedback to the competitors. My apologies to the competitors this year. I dropped the ball on ordering ballots and the standard ones did not have a comment section.
Every year I keep track of the numbers so that I can learn from them. Like what days tend to have the most votes or does the number of volunteers that day change the number of votes cast. It is very basic data and nothing I would bet my business on but it is something I can measure and use to help make improvements.
Looking at the numbers over these last four years I noticed that the gap between the top five is decreasing. The first year the Peoples Choice Award was won by 100's of votes. This year the gap between the top finisher and the second was only 150 votes. More telling is that the difference between the 2nd and 5th place finisher is only 78 votes.
This is exciting to me because it helps validate that all the work I have put in to the department and my efforts in putting together a professional competition are paying off. The judges and I noticed this year a marked technical improvement across the board for all the entries. For me it is the best part of this year, it is exciting to see cake artists skills grow every year.
I will blog soon about competition prizes and specifically about the prizes and the businesses who donated this year.
Congratulations to all of the competitors, your hard work really showed this year!
So, drum roll please.
The People's Choice Winner is:
3-D Sculpted Cake
About this Blog:
This is where I will be posting the latest information on the Oregon State Fair Cake Decorating and Confectionery Arts Competition. As the chair I want to promote the competition, encourage people to enter, and educate everyone interested about cake and confectionery arts.