Do you enter the local fair?
Our's seems to be more about having fun and concerts than the traditional fair stuff, but I still try to enter something every year. The past few years I've entered a lace crochet shawl. I don't think crochet gets really good representation in the public view.
This year I got third and an honorable mention for my shawl. Normally I place higher, but I'm happy with this. I really liked the one that got second place.