Southern style and creativity were on display at the Mobile Convention Center during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 44th annual Commodity Producers Conference July 28-31.
The conference included contests sponsored by the Federation Women’s Leadership Committee and featured quilting, tablescapes and table runners. Competition entries were on display at the committee’s luncheon Saturday.
“These contests are a great way to display our state’s history of handmade crafts and Southern hospitality,” said Women’s Leadership Division Director Kim Ramsey. “Our organization has some of the most talented people I know, and these events also help promote forestry and farm products that many of them grow on their farms.”
Ruby Nuss of St. Clair County won first place in the Hand-Stitched Quilt Contest. Melanie Stokley of Washington County placed second, and Cheryl Bagents of Crenshaw County won third.
Melanie Harville of St. Clair County won first place in the Machine-Stitched Quilt Contest. Mary Burroughs of Tuscaloosa County was second, and Tippi Healea of Randolph County won third.
Anne Yancey Barrett of DeKalb County won first place in the Baby Quilts category. Joette Williams of Chambers County was second, and Loretta Morgan of St. Clair County won third.
Nyla Nealy of Choctaw County won first place in the Tablescapes Contest. The contest features place settings that focus on an Alabama commodity. Nealy’s winning entry featured Alabama’s Greenhouse, Nursery and Sod industry. Second place went to Marcy Jernigan of Geneva County, and Lucy Lawrence of Tallapoosa County placed third.
First place in Table Runners went to Elizabeth Usery of Geneva County. Second-place winner was Ann Whatley of Lee County, and third was Rhonda Hughes of Jefferson County.
Youth Table Runners winner was Tuscaloosa County’s Victoria Balakitsis, and second place went to Abigail Crosby of Lamar County.
First-place winners in each category received $150, while second and third place won $100 and $75 respectively.
For the first time ever, the luncheon included the People’s Choice Award in the Tablescapes Contest. Luncheon participants chose Carole Clements’s wildlife theme as the winner. She is from Lee County.
Photos of the winning entries are posted to the Federation’s Facebook page.