Imogen won a blue ribbon at the Clallam County Fair for her painting of a person called "Ooska," and a red ribbon for a work of folded paper with marker titled "Io."
She had conflicting feelings about "everyone" seeing her art and was confused about the ribbons. I just said "blue" or "red" to de-emphasize the competitive aspect, but also let her know that both mean her art is good and that I'm really proud of her. I want her to have a sense of accomplishment.
I have great memories of entering things in the Fair when I was a kid. I have no idea what, if any, ribbons I went home with. I guess that means the joy is in the experience. Cool. That's why I did it.