And the Farm Animal Frenzy winner is…

… “Franny La Poulet” from Durham’s Cresset Christian Academy!

Franny is a five-foot-tall chicken covered with interwoven plastic shopping bags to create the look and color of feathers. Her eyes are old slide projectors bulbs, and her beak and feet are covered with paper mache newspaper. Franny is sporting a bow, glittery eyelashes made from plastic spoons and toenails made from plastic caps. At night, this “green” farm animal creation will glow from the three solar lights placed inside. She was created by the school’s AP art class.

As part of the first-place honors, Cresset Christian Academy art students will receive $1,000 for their school.

Wakefield High School won second place and $750 for its unnamed sheep made of wood, five-gallon paint buckets, and fur made of electrical chords, clothes lines and various other wires. The face is made of telephones, hair curlers, light bulbs, computer mice and other materials.

Panther Creek High School’s “Moona Lisa” was awarded third place and $500. The cow was made of plastic milk containers.

Take a look at this video to see highlights from this year’s incredibly creative creations.

The judges were amazed with the different types of recycled materials used, and had a hard time deciding on the winner. Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and Fuquay-Varina High School both took home honorable mentions for their sheep creations. Southeast Raleigh created “Kelsey’s Sweater,” which was made of wood and recycled yarn. Fuquay-Varina’s “Sleepy Sheepy” was made of five-gallon buckets, a soccer ball, sand bucket, plastic buckets and plastic bottle caps.

The animals will be on display throughout the Fair at various locations on the fairgrounds.

There will also be a People’s Choice online voting contest from opening day through Thursday, Oct. 22. Go to to vote for your favorite animal.

Congratulations to everyone!

About Blue Ribbon

Natalie Alford blogged for the 2009-2011 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: I work at the Fairgrounds year-round, so I'm always in the middle of the fun! During the Fair, I work with the press office team to organize events and exhibits, and log a lot of miles on my pedometer. I'm also the County Agricultural Fairs Coordinator, which means I license, promote and visit North Carolina's agricultural fairs and enjoy thousands of blue ribbon entries every year. I hope to see you at the Fair!


  1. Andrea Frederick

    I can’t vote on the farmanimalfrenzy site. There’s no info there.

  2. The voting booth will open on Thursday, Oct. 15 after the fair opens at 3 p.m.

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