Warren County Homemakers pick entries for Mississippi State Fair

Published 11:52 am Thursday, September 10, 2015

The best blue ribbon crafts around were on display Wednesday at the Warren County Extension Office as the Warren County Homemaker Volunteers selected entries for the Mississippi State Fair.

Blue-ribbon winners in more than nine item classes are headed to the fair in October where they will be pitted from crafts all over the state.

This year’s local grand prize went to a quilt made by Louanne Salgado, Warren County Homemaker Volunteers president Ardiss Marshall said.

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“The quilts are beautiful this year,” Marshall said. “They put a lot of hard work into them.”

The fair is set to open Oct. 7 in Jackson and runs through Oct. 18.

Warren County Extension Agent Anna McCain said she was glad her office could display the handiworks.

“It is so great to have the homemaker volunteers and it’s a great opportunity to see what other talents we have in the community, too,” McCain said. “I think we really had so many good entries today.”

The homemaker volunteers received 60 entries this year, far more than the dozen or so that were entered in 2014, said Wandra Evans, one of the group’s volunteers.

“This year, we got a lot of publicity and people really turned out,” Evans said.

Nancy Triplett and Genie Nussbaum were both first-time competitors and each won multiple blue ribbons for their crafts.

“I’m quite proud of myself,” Triplett said of her first-place creations. “It was a good two weeks of staying steady back and forth on that sewing machine.”

Nussbaum is a longtime crafter but just recently decided to get back into entering contests.

“I haven’t entered anything like this since I was in college,” she said.

The Warren County Homemaker, in addition to hosting the annual exhibit of crafts, provide thousands of hours of service to the community.

During 2014, volunteers from the organization provided 21,600 hours of service ranging from making blankets for the Warren County Children’s Shelter to washing clothes for shut-ins.