In my version of a humble brag, let me note here that in 1968, as a member of the 4H club Cadiz Country Cousins, I catapulted from the Harrison County fair to win first prize at the Ohio State Fair, in the category of Tasty Meals. The menu featured ham loaf and perfection salad, always a hit at local pot luck dinners. But the challenges of pleasing a county fair judge will be of an entirely different order for those who enter the Denver County Fair this year, which is sponsoring several marijuana-themed events. Among them: best marijuana plant (judged for plant quality, not potency); best brownie recipe, and best homemade bong. Best pot luck dinner is not on the agenda, so far.
"We look at the trends and what's happening in our city, and we want to reflect that," said Tracy Weil, the fair's marketing and creative director, in an interview with USA TODAY Network.
My fellow 4H-ers (ages 8 to 18) won't be able to compete; participants must be 21 or older to enter the "pot pavilion." -- B.B.