What does Award of Merit mean; we will get to that in a minute.
Let's start off explaining the judging process. Every entry is judged on a scale of zero to one hundred (0-100) and those who get the highest points in their category win first place and a cash award of $35; those with the second highest score win second place and a cash award of $25; and those with the third highest score win third place and $15; a rather logical process. Since the entry fee for the Jewelry category is $10, you get your fee and a little extra back, if you place in your category, which is a good thing.
For educational displays, you are judged on educational value (40%); Presentation (30%); and labeling (30%). IF you earn a minimum of 85 points out of 100 points you receive an Award of Merit. This earns you $50.
And I have "at least" earned the Award of Merit. Whew.
When BJ sent me that information all the OTHER awards had not been awarded YET thus until I go to the fair to see the result or someone tells me I have no clue as to the final results.
What other awards can I win?
Well there are awards presented by the fair and there are awards presented and funded by individuals and groups these are determined by those funding the award. These privately funded awards are for Jewely, Gems/Minerals, or Education and have specific criteria such as "Best Self-Collected Mineral" are more general such as "Best Exhibit" and could be awarded for any of the categories. Below are those that I think I am eligible for for.
There are the special awards presented by the Fair:
John Dalley Memorial Award - Best Educational Exhibit. Rosette and $100.
Coordinator’s Award - Rosette and $100.
These are the privately funded awards by individuals and groups:
Kenneth Cilch Award for Best Educational Display, $50
Thomas M. Schneider Award for a Jewelry Exhibit, $100 gift certificate.
Gregory Anderson Award for the Best Display, $50.
Irv Brown Award for Best Case, $100.
Courtenay McGowen Award for Creativity, Single Item or Display, $100.
Anne Schafer Award for Best Exhibit, $100.
Anne Schafer Award for Best Showmanship, to be selected from full case exhibits, $150.
Volunteers for Minerals Award for Best Case, $50
I will be going to the fair on Wednesday evening for Exhibitor Appreciation night and it is here that I can talk to the Judges and find out not only what my final score was, I can find out what they liked and did not like. Note: Last year the Calamari Cuff won it's category so I am familiar with the entire process. Once I know my final score, I will write another post about it.