Padgett earns State Fair honors for his vegetables

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bart Padgett grew up working on a large vegetable farm.

With over 20 years of experience, the Bullitt County resident learned a lot about raising vegetables and produce.

This year at the Kentucky State Fair, Padgett used that knowledge to come away with seven awards.

“Customers are far more forgiving about nicks and scrapes on a vegetable than a judge,” said Padgett. “And nothing teaches you more about vegetable competition than getting out there and entering your vegetables.”

Three years ago, Padgett began entering his produce in the state fair. He came away with two ribbons.

Last year, after getting only one ribbon, Padgett was ready to retire from the competition.

However, he said his wife, Katina, encouraged him to try one more time.

This year, he had a bountiful harvest.

His awards were:

*Current season gourd collection, second place

*Best of three types of beans, second place

*Butternut squash, third place

*Best display of current season gourds, third place

*Vegetable critter, fourth place

*Largest bell pepper by weight, fourth place

*Best collection of vegetables, fourth place

“I have learned so much in these last three state fairs and I know I still have a lot to learn about vegetable competition but I now believe I can compete at a high level,” said Padgett.

While the state fair is wrapping up this weekend, Padgett is already looking forward to next year’s competition.