One of the things that we love to do is enter things in the open class in Home Arts and Gardening. We tend to procrastinate around here or at least come up with lots of things we can enter at the last minute so the days before entry day are always crazy busy! We did have fun though- even with our messy house and hurry to get things finished (while trying to spend time with my family who was in town)- many years we have gotten stressed (which I don't like) but this year was for the most part just fun.
One of our last minute projects was a county fair themed quilt. We have all been saving ribbons that we have received throughout the years and had wanted to do something with them and had thought about adding them to a quilt but hadn't done anything yet. When we saw that there was a new category at the fair for a "county fair themed quilt" we decided we had better get busy. It was mostly my project but we all discussed ideas for it and such and Mara helped with cutting out pieces and she did a lot of the embroidery. My niece Margaret, sister Keren and Sister-in-law Molly Bea also each embroidered a little on some squares. Molly Bea also drew some of the embroidery designs. The kids had fun ironing the ribbons and getting them ready to use. We did win 1st prize which came with a special additional prize of $25 so we are pretty excited. What has been the most fun about it in my book is how much some of regular volunteers out at the fair have enjoyed it.
Here are some snapshots of the fair.....
funky denim vase won 1st plus a supervisor's choice award. I rather like the project about as well where somebody took an old bike wheel, painted it and gave it some western touches and then used it to display pictures on. I love all the ideas we can get when looking at things at the fair.
I love looking at all the quilts there. Some people do a simply beautiful job!
Here are some of the ones I really enjoyed looking at:
There were many more that we beautiful and amazing! It is so much fun to look at them all.
We also entered some things in the gardening section. Here are a couple of them:
We entered green beans. I picked are very pretty rattlesnake beans. They are green with little purple stripes. I picked a bunch and then Megan sorted through them for me to get 8 of them that were most alike. I think she did a good job sorting because we got 2nd place.
Besides entering things in the fair we also are involved with booths in the business area. Ken has a booth for his business and then we also help with the republican booth. We all spend time helping out at the booths. I enjoy it because I end up seeing a lot of people from the community that I know. The community feeling that there is at a county fair is definitely one of my favorite parts. I can hardly walk anywhere at all without going by someone that I know. It can take a long time to get from one place to another since often we have fun stopping and visiting.
Speaking of people I know...