Noise, movement and household items: What are they judging?
For some, the Minnesota State Fair is all about competition. Every day this week, All Things Considered is asking: "What's being judged?"
Here are a few hints from the superintendent for this particular competition, Ron Kelsey.
Can you figure it out?
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So. Judges ask specific questions of each entry: Does it look like a person? Does it make noise? Does it move? What sets it apart?
But does any of that help you figure out what it is?
How about this:
It involves crops — and, as it turns out, kitchen implements, plastic caps from soda bottles and things like the head of a broom.
But there's one key item you don't want to see in the competition:
Haven't figured it out yet?
Click the gallery below to see for yourself.
Correction (Aug. 29., 2016): A previous version of this story misidentified the winner of a scarecrow contest. This post has been updated.