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Before the fried food on a stick and the carnival kick off volunteers did some serious work inside the exhibit halls at the Lancaster County Super Fair.
On Wednesday, was when all the static division judging took place. Static divisions include food, vegetables, clothing, photography and more.
The day before judges like Marty Minchow and Jean Pedersen have the time and the space to carefully look at each one of the entries.
While looking at a coffee cake, Minchow told 10/11, "We see nice cell formation, we'd like to see more of the topping sink down into the product a little more."
Jean Pedersen another judge added, "You have to stick to it, it can get a little bit long, but it's fun."
Pedersen is one of the vegetables and herbs judges, while Minchow looked at baked goods. Each judge looking with an eye and a taste for what's best. Static divisions include food, photography, clothing and others.
Minchow said, "You don't need to have a lot to have a taste, and often if you put a small amount in your mouth you're going to have a better chance to just let that dissolve in your mouth to get the feel for the texture, because the texture is as important as the flavor is."
Pedersen told 10/11, "Biggest isn't always best, it kind of goes back to the grocery store, what makes the best produce, with cucumbers, when they're smaller the seeds are a little softer, when they're bigger, they're tougher, so bigger isn't always better."
Pedersen said in spite of the drought, the vegetables are still good size.
"Amazingly, obviously they've been watering, and taking care of things. You don't see the really bad things, the things that dried up and died, they're not here, but it seemed like there were exhibits in all the categories and they looked as you'd expect in a good year."
As for the awards the judges hand out, purple are the best, followed by blue, red and white.
The Lancaster County Super Fair runs from August 2 - 11 at the Lancaster Event Center on 84th Street in Lincoln.