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August 08, 2011   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
August 08, 2011

First-Place winners in the contests were, from left, Jane Jones of Shelby County, tablescapes; Anne Yancey Barrett of DeKalb County, hand-stitched quilts; Blanche Lee Mitchell of Blount County, machine-stitched quilts; Linda Robertson of DeKalb County, handbags; Grace Drouet of Cullman County, student handbags.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A pair of DeKalb County seamstresses took top honors during the annual Cotton, Sewing and Quilting Contests and Tablescapes Competition sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Committee Aug. 6 in Huntsville.

The contest was held in conjunction with the Federation's 39th annual Commodity Producers Conference, Aug. 4-6 at the Von Braun Center. The conference attracted more than 700 farmers from throughout the state.

Anne Yancey Barrett of DeKalb County won first place in the hand-stitched quilting contest, while Linda Robertson of DeKalb County was the first-place winner in the handbag contest.

Other winners in the hand-stitched quilting contest were, second place, Blanche Lee Mitchell of Blount County; and third place, Gayle Smith of Limestone County.

Second- and third-place winners in the handbag contest were Jennifer Oden of Etowah County and Catherine Wood of Autauga County, respectively. Grace Drouet of Cullman County won first place in the student handbag contest, which was open to participants in the 7th-12th grades.

In the machine-stitched quilting contest, first place went to Blanche Lee Mitchell of Blount County. The second-place winner was Doris McGuire of Limestone County, and Agnes Pool of Shelby County won third.

The popular Tablescapes contest, which featured Alabama-grown commodities that adorned place settings, attracted a lot of attention again this year. The first-place winner was Jane Jones of Shelby County, who featured catfish. The second-place winner was Marie Slade of Clarke County, who featured forestry, and the third-place winner was Delana Randolph of Lawrence County, who featured poultry.

Winners in each division received cash awards of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $75 for third place.

The purpose of the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Division is to provide an opportunity for women to actively participate in the policymaking and policy execution activities of the Federation. For more information about the Federation's Women's Leadership Division, visit www.AlfaFarmers.org.

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