Last year I entered a jar of my honey in the Spencer Fair. I didn't really know what I was doing. I came in 2nd place, but out of 2 entries it was less than impressive :-)
This year I planned to enter my honey into two fairs.
Our family goes to the Woodstock Fair pretty much every year. Last year I saw only a jar or two of honey, so I decided to enter some this year. I think the person running the honey contest did a little advertising since there were more entries this year.
There were two categories: Extracted Honey, and Extracted Wildflower Honey. Since I had wildflower honey, I figured I qualified for both, so I entered two jars.
I won Blue Ribbons (first place) in both categories!
I don't know what the judging criteria was for Woodstock, but whatever I did, they liked it.
This year I had more information on the judging criteria for the Spencer Fair (based on entering last year). There were 8 entries in the category I was in (the category is based on the color / lightness of the honey). I again won 2nd place, but it is more meaningful out of 8 entrants.
The honey contests are all about appearance, and it's a little bit of fun for a beekeeper.