My Balls are at the Fair

Today, the Kentucky State Fair kicks off.  I love going to the state fair – the exhibits, the food, the people, the flea market, the food, the music, the ugly lamps, the food… yep, I love almost everything about it.  Including my state fair entry.

I’m talking bourbon balls, folks.

2011 bourbon balls

I entered them last year knowing full well they weren’t winners.  The balls were too weak, not something you want from a candy that contains alcohol.  But this year’s batch had more promise.  And booze.  The right amount of sweet to heat ratio.  And after a couple handfuls of taste testers (and the fact I couldn’t stop licking the batter bowl while making them), my confidence is much higher.  Will I win?  Who knows.  Do I care if I win?  Not really.  The fun is dropping off the entry, seeing it in the case and giggling every ten minutes because I don’t stop talking about my balls.

Mind you, if I do find myself with a ribbon, I will probably boast a little.  Well, more than a little.  Quite possibly a lot.

Fair Day with Abby is planned and I’m stoked.  The only problem is it’s not until late next week and I don’t think I can wait that long to learn the fate of my bourbon balls.  Fingers crossed someone who works at the Expo Center texts me later.   Yep… balls.

UPDATE: Sadly, no ribbon again this year.  I will be trying again in 2012.  If I fail a third time, I will be developing a conspiracy theory for ball tastings.  But here’s to a happy state fair!

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August 18, 2011 - 9:04 am

PodMate - Your balls look amazing! They are very shiny and perfectly round. I think this year, your balls will definitely be winners!

(Hee.)

August 18, 2011 - 9:08 am

Amyhasbangs - I agree, your balls look AMAZING! I feel like your balls are perfect this year. I think your balls will come out ahead!

August 18, 2011 - 9:10 am

Kristy - Haha! Good luck!

August 18, 2011 - 9:17 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - I can’t stop snickering as I read this. May the force be with your balls hon.

August 18, 2011 - 9:24 am

Jun Belen - I remember your balls from last year. Best of luck this year…

August 18, 2011 - 9:28 am

J. Smith - Your balls are very nicely shaped and have a nice luster this year! I do prefer smooth balls myself. And the nuts look nice too. I think you should get full points for presentation/appearance. Sadly my cookies were never made b/c I have a one year old and when you have a one year old not even the fact that you paid $8 for someone to taste said cookies is enough to force you to find the time to make them. I hope you win!

August 18, 2011 - 9:40 am

Elizabeth - hehe. You said balls.

(Me, imitating my 12 year old.)

Good luck!
E.

August 18, 2011 - 9:55 am

Shelly B - Your balls look delicious! Wish I could come see them at the fair in person :) I bet they are as bourbonlicious as they look. Too bad the computer doesn’t have smell-o-vision. Best of luck to you!

August 18, 2011 - 11:10 am

Eric Killmeier - There is nothing more beautiful than delicious lustery balls! Are they genuine Schwetti Balls? Good luck sporting your balls out at the fair. Hopefully I will have a beer to enter next year.

August 18, 2011 - 11:12 am

Brooke - Eric, I actually talked to a beer submitter while waiting for tickets. He said the way they judge is actually really cool because you can watch it and they provide constructive criticism. They have legit beer and wine makers as judges.

August 18, 2011 - 11:21 am

Brooke - You should have at least purchased discount tickets. If you pay to enter a fair submission, you have the opportunity to purchase tickets [that include admission and parking] for cheap. Think about for the future. ;)

August 18, 2011 - 11:22 am

Brooke - My balls are not winners. At least not in their eyes. In my eyes, however, THEY ROCK MY FACE OFF!

August 18, 2011 - 11:46 am

denise:) - You have Gorgeous Balls! They look like winners. They are so much more appealing than Schwetty Balls. You gussied up your Balls nicely too. I’ll be thinking all day and perhaps all week about your Balls, and hoping they win!

Balls!

August 18, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Melissa - this makes me smile, because it means we have been blog friends for atleast a year now. I remember your balls from last year. sorry you didn’t win… but atleast you have yummy balls.

August 18, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Stacy - Best quote from this post? “developing a conspiracy theory for ball tastings” Yep, that’s awesome. I bought beet balls for my uncle’s Christmas stocking because I liked saying beet balls. And he likes beets so it works. Sorry you didn’t win. Beet balls. Yeah, I had to say it again.

August 19, 2011 - 9:28 am

Mr Rev - Maybe your balls aren’t salty enough.
I’m going out there tonight if you want to get in for free…

August 19, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Leesha - awww bummer! I was reading with anticipation hoping you would get a ribbon!! They look peeerrrrty darn tasty to me!

August 19, 2011 - 7:04 pm

katie o. - Is it wrong that I can taste your balls in my mouth – right now?
(this is too much fun!)

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