Why is first place in a number of things given a blue ribbon, why not gold?

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A blue ribbon is awarded for first prize in events that typically do not reward human physical competition.  Things such as a dog show, a giant pumpkin contest, things of that nature.

The history behind the blue ribbon stems from 1348.  England’s King Edward III was very fond of the color blue and he created the highest Royal Order of the Knights of the Garter.  Membership to this prestigious order was limited to the king and princes of England, as well as a few knights of distinguished service.  The insignia of the Royal Order was a blue garter.  The symbol became popular as a reward for supreme achievements, today we more commonly use the gold medal, but we do sill use the blur ribbon as well.

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