The “Veggie Varmint” contest, hosted at the Burke County fair each year, is delightful, creative way to connect children with produce. Without the pressure to “EAT IT”, children (and adults) are encouraged to inspect, touch and create with a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures of vegetables. Fair-goers are lured to bountiful tables full of produce and encouraged to build a “varmint”. This year 45 amazing veggie varmints were submitted in the competition. The proud artists had a great time, and perhaps, they will smile and take a bite the next time they see those vegetables they explored at the veggie varmint table.