It is time once again for the annual North Carolina State Fair. For the past few years (3?, 4?) Joe Meno and I have been judging the LEGO competition. It is fun to help out and only takes a couple of hours to complete. Yesterday Joe and I braved the rain and headed over to the Fair. I’ll post some pictures once the Fair has started, don’t want to spoil any surprises. A couple of observations:
- There were 101 entries this year versus 82 last year. It seemed like there were more and the numbers confirm it. There was a 25% increase in entries.
- While the total number of entries was up, the number of entries in the North Carolina theme categories was down, particularly in the older (ages 10-18) age group.
- There were no K’Nex entries at all this year. Historically there has always been a few and we’ve tried to judge them objectively.
- There were no official LEGO sets entered this year! We did not have to disqualify anyone this year which is a first since I’ve been judging. There were a few models that “borrowed” some ideas from official LEGO sets but nothing we had any issues with.