The good news is...I won a first place ribbon with this cake at the Salt Lake County Fair.
The bad news is...so did everyone else (except the ONE entry who got 2nd place).
It was still a fun experience to enter a cake at the county fair. I know if I do it again my cake will have to be on a grander scale to win any of the "real prizes" (i.e. Sweepstakes, Best of Show, Judges Favorite, or High Blue). The cakes that were there were amazing.