By Melody Vallieu
TROY — A table for two, please.
Entries for the Tablescaping competition at the Miami County Fair — which includes a table setting for two with a specific theme — were judged Friday in the Merchants Building at the Miami County Fair.
Tables themed from Tailgating to Casino, and Dinosaur to a military tribute, were judged on eye appeal, being functional and balanced, among other guidelines.
The mother-daughter duo of Regina Manning of Ludlow Falls and Mary Ann Wintrow of Covington entered the Tablescaping competition for the fourth year in a row, having won first place twice in prior years. This year they took second place honors with their table, “Amusement Park.” The table came complete with a lit Ferris wheel that turns and exhibits photos from the families recent trip and place mats depicting the layout of an amusement park.
“We took the kids to Cedar Point and had a good time. So, we decided to use the theme for our table,” said Manning, who chiseled out a piece of wood and set toy people inside to recreate the log ride — and serve as salt and pepper shakers for the design.
Wintrow said the two were encouraged several years ago by one of the Tablescaping organizers, Cindy Parke, to use their creativity to enter the competition. Since then the two have entered each year.
A little rivalry among co-workers from PSA Airlines brings Kayla Otis and Kelli Hamilton, both of Troy, back to the Tablescaping competition this year.
“We try to beat Regina (Manning) each year,” Otis said. “But, she always does crazy stuff.”
The two took fourth place for the second year in a row, with a Casino-themed table that included poker chip salt and pepper shakers and a menu with a “High Steaks” entree and a “Seven-Seven-Seven” drink to wash it down.
The two said they will be back each year to compete again.
“At least until we beat Regina,” Hamilton said, laughing. “And, it’s fun, too.”
Creatures from hundreds of millions of years ago took the top nod in this year’s competition. The Dinosaur table created by Amanda Yingst of Huber Heights and Marcia Hafer of Fletcher featured dinosaurs of many kinds and sizes, including a three-tier serving stand held together by dinosaurs. Cups, place mats and “adopt-a-dinosaur” dish completed the child-friendly entry.
“We just thought it was a cute theme,” said Yingst, who has participated in the fair since she was a child, and won the Homemaker of the Year title in 2013. “We get ideas, and they just take over.”
“We did lots of checking on Pinterest for ideas,” Hafer said.
The Tablescaping exhibit will continue to be on display for visitors throughout the week in the Merchants Building.
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