It was all about the food – prepared and that straight from the garden – at the Butler County 4-H Fair Monday.

It was all about the food – prepared and that straight from the garden – at the Butler County 4-H Fair Monday.

There was judging of 4-H foods, pies, food preservation, cookie jar and food gift basket projects, as well as other projects, including entomology, photography and educational notebooks and posters.

Sarah Allen, from Hickory Helpers, was showing her vegetables, which she grew in her own garden.

“We set up a sprinkler system and rows,” she said of how they cared for the vegetables.

“We started out with 300 tomato plants.”

Although they lost 100 of the plants due to the rain, Allen still brought in the biggest tomato at 28 1/2 ounces, earning a $50 prize. She beat out her grandmother’s tomato by .2 ounces.

She also brought in a cantaloupe and cucumbers.

“We had to keep watching that one (the cantaloupe) and make sure nothing was eating it,” she said.

She enjoyed tending her garden, but her favorite part was going out and picking her tomatoes.

“This is my third year,” she said of being at the fair.

She also competed in ceramics, for which she received two blues; flowers, in which she received two purples and three blues; and will compete in pigs.

“Just putting all my entries in,” she said of what she enjoys most about the fair.

Kelcey Clites of the El Dorado Boosters, also was showing her vegetables Monday.

She also had a project in arts and crafts, for which she received a blue ribbon, and had two goats she showed.

“I just like being here and showing everything,” she said, “and seeing what everyone else brought in and what I can do better for next year.”

This is Clites’ eighth year in 4-H and she is serving as president of her club this year.

The vegetables were being judged on a number of things, but most important to Pam Paulson, one of the judges, was how much the 4-Hers knew about their vegetables.

“I like to see how much they can tell me about it,” she said.

That alone can increase the level of ribbon they receive. Of course, she also looks for the typical things of shape and size of the vegetable, as well as uniformity, healthiness and if it is ripe.

Monday evening, the food was auctioned off.

The fair continues through Wednesday.