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County Fair Highlights August 30, 2009

Posted by Laura in Uncategorized.

Just smell the corndogs, funnel cakes, and fried pies!  Listen to the cacophany of animals, blaring music, shrieking midway riders, and children begging for money to buy trinkets and play games.  Look at the blinking, racing lights in a rainbow of colors.  We must be at the fair!




This year, we decided to do more than just improve the local economy-  we decided to participate.  We have been 4-H members for the past 2 years, but this is the first time we have entered anything.  Benjamin took part in the Chick Chain and so we knew we would be entering his birds for competition and auction.  While we were at it, we decided to try our skills in the art, baked goods, canning, and produce divisions also.  It turned out to be lots of fun and a good experience for everyone.  And we were fortunate to win quite a few ribbons too.


These Black Star chicks won Benjamin a blue ribbon.  They sold as a group for $36 at auction on Friday night.


Rachel brought a Buff Orpington pullet that we raised from a day-old chick.  By the end of the fair, she had sold it for $10.


Benjamin entered corn muffins using Grams’ recipe.  He won first place.


Rachel made a complicated 3-step pecan pie for which she also was awarded a blue ribbon.


Lydia has been practicing making her own sandwiches at lunch time.  Here she is making a PB & J to enter (in her new favorite PJ’s from Beck).


Here she is with her finished product- she fancied them up by using a star cookie cutter.  The competition was fierce in this category.  Who would have guessed that she’d face more rivals than any of the rest of us?  She is delighted with her green ribbon.


Here they are with all of our ribbons.

We ended up placing in the following:

Lydia-  green (participation) for her PB & J and red (2nd) for Purple Smudge tomatoes she helped me grow

Rachel- blue (1st) for her pecan pie and a blue for a watercolor painting of a frog

Benjamin-  blue for 4-H Chick Chain pullets, blue for corn muffins, yellow (4th) for Pinewood Derby car, white (3rd) for a charcoal drawing of a knight, blue for a pastel picture of a chicken with her chicks, and white for his iris folding art project.

Laura (me)-  blue for banana walnut bread, white for strawberry jam, blue for Sweet Tangerine tomatoes, red for Brown Berry tomatoes, and blue for a blue potato (in the Unusual Vegetable category).

And since we are 4-H members, we’ll get checks for double the usual prize money.  How exciting!  The kids can’t wait until next year!



1. Beck - August 30, 2009

I am so impressed. What did Joe win a ribbon for?…….maybe next year will be his year!

Everyone did very well and I am so very proud of all of the ribbons. Next year you will have a better idea of how things work.

Wish I could have been there for the entire week. Looks like a lot of fun. I would have loved a corn dog and funnel cake, too.

Love the PJ’s Lydia!

2. Grams - August 30, 2009

“And a good time was had by all” could be the caption.
Love the pix!!!

3. Marci - August 31, 2009

Congratulations to all of you for your winnings!!!! I love the pictures.

4. Sheryl - August 31, 2009

Congratulations on all the ribbons! I love that the kids are baking. By the way, I think you gave me one of those prize-winning sweet tomatoes recently. Loved it.
I like fair food too!!! That’s almost the best part.

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