Blue ribbon

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This article is about the symbol. For other uses, see Blue ribbon (disambiguation).
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The blue ribbon is a symbol of high quality. The association comes from The Blue Riband, a prize awarded for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by passenger liners and, prior to that from Cordon Bleu, which referred to the blue ribbon worn by a particular order of knights. The spelling blue riband is still encountered in most English-speaking countries, but in the United States, the term was altered to blue ribbon, and ribbons of this color came to be awarded for first place in certain athletic or other competitive endeavours (such as county and state fairs). It also may be applied to distinguished members of a group or commission who have convened to address a situation or problem; the usual usage is "blue ribbon commission" or "blue-ribbon panel".

Fair competitions[edit]

A blue ribbon won at a convention.

In some fair competitions in the U.S., particularly 4-H and FFA livestock and horticultural events, blue ribbons may be awarded to any project or exhibit which meets or exceeds all of a competition's judging criteria. In Canada blue ribbons are awarded to second place, with red ribbons awarded to first.

The project may not necessarily be the first place finisher, however. In such cases, a purple ribbon may given to the champion and second-place (or reserve) champion.

Awards are generally given according to the following scale

Polity Place ribbon
USA First place blue ribbon
Second place red ribbon
Third place yellow ribbon
Fourth place white ribbon
Fifth place pink ribbon
Sixth place green ribbon
Seventh place purple ribbon
Eighth place brown ribbon
Canada First place red ribbon
Second place blue ribbon
Third place white ribbon
Fourth place yellow ribbon
Fifth place green ribbon
Sixth place pink ribbon
Seventh place purple ribbon
Eighth place brown ribbon

Usage as an awareness or activism ribbon[edit]

Blue ribbons have been used as awareness ribbons for numerous different causes. Notable examples:

Other uses[edit]

  • Blue ribbons were used by emergency services after the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia to mark properties and areas with possible human remains or a confirmed fatality occurred. The blue ribbons were attached to stakes outside the particular property or area.

Companies and products[edit]

  • The Italian Peroni Brewery has a beer "Nastro Azzurro" referring to the Blue Riband held by the Italian SS Rex from 1933 to 1935.
  • Beginning in the 1940s, Warner Bros., in a cost-conserving effort, began to reissue its backlog of color cartoons under a new program which they called Merrie Melodies "Blue Ribbon" reissues. For the reissue, the original front-and-end title sequences were altered.
  • Blue Ribbon is a chain of 8 upscale restaurants, a recording studio and amateur cycling team in New York City.
  • Blue Ribbon Barbecue is a chain of 2 restaurants and a catering service in the Boston suburbs.
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, which got its name from originally having a blue ribbon tied around the neck of the bottle (between 1882 and 1916).
  • In Zimbabwe, "blue ribbon" refers to "Blue Ribbon Mills", the largest wheat refiner in the country.
  • The Swedish company "Blå band" (Blue ribbon) manufactures dried and ready-cooked sauces, soups and outdoor meals.
  • Blue Ribbon is a brand of ice cream sold in Australia and owned by Unilever.[17]
  • Blue Ribbon (Australia) Pty Ltd is an Australian Building company based in Melbourne[18]
  • Blue Ribbon (India) MO 33

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Contest in Capital Health
  6. ^ "10 food centres awarded Blue Ribbon for going smoke-free". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  7. ^ Gesto por la Paz y el lazo azul
    Jose María Calleja, El lazo azul
  8. ^ "Campaigns Involving Private Citizens / Abductions of Japanese Citizens by North Korea". 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  9. ^ Sridhar Pappu: At World Bank, Blue Ribbons Became Attire Of Their Ire. The Washington Post, May 18, 2007, Page C01
  10. ^ "Organization's website (in swedish)". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Colon Cancer Alliance". Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  12. ^ "Ovarian Cancer Research Fund". Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  13. ^ "Choose Hope". Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  14. ^ "About the Blue "P" Ribbon". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  16. ^ "Penn State to add names to back of football jerseys". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  17. ^ "Blue Ribbon". Streets. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
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