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Ohio State Fair Food Art Competition

Test your skills this summer by competing in the food art competition at the Ohio State Fair on July 29, 2104. Whether you are a professional fruit carver or a newbee amateur there is a place for you. If you are not up for competing, it’s fun to attend

This year there will be an Amateur Competition, a Professions Competition and a Watermelon Speed Carving Event for the Pros. And there will be over $2000 of prize money awarded. You can get more information and the entry form by clicking here.

Last Year’s Winner of the Ohio State Fair Food Art Competition

Last Year's fruit carving winner at the Food Art Competition at the Ohio State Fair

Titus Arensburg won 1st place in the Professional Competition last year at the Ohio State Fair

The amateurs will do all their carving on site in a 2 hour time period. They will be provided with one watermelon, one cantaloupe, one honeydew and one pineapple. Each fruit must be carved an included in the final display. Carvers may bring additional fruit, veggies, spices or herbs to add to their display. Winners will be decided by the judges.

Trent Mason with fruit sculpture at Ohio State Fair 2013

Trent Mason at last year’s Ohio State Fair with his Buckeye goal post made of theme carved melons.

The Professional division allows carvers to bring in a pre-carved sculpture. Pros will have an hour to set up their display and winners will be determined by the votes of the public attending the event.

For added fun and entertainment of the attendees, those professionals competing will be required to participate in the speed carving event where they will have just 12 minutes to carve using only two tools. The winner will be also be decided by People’s Choice voting.

The event is organized by Greg Butauski of You can get the details and entry form here.

If you decide to compete or attend the Ohio State Fair Food Carving Competition, you are bound to meet others who share your interests, and you’ll learn and be inspired by the creativity that you’ll see.

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