Well I am happy to say that my carvings made it all the way out to Indiana and have now returned home. I didn't know what to expect as I never do since it is a closed competition and you don't see the other entries. I was hopeful for my cowboy carving to do well but he was in the rough-out category and this is a tough category to place in and in the end he didn't. But he is owned by my uncle out in Nebraska, he likes him so there is my ribbon for that carving.
I did however get two ribbons this year; I got a fifth place for my elf whisperer ornament and a fourth place for my night cap dilemma ornament. So getting two ribbons in a national carving competition is wonderful and I am very pleased.