I dropped my entries into the County Fair on Thursday, went out of town for the weekend, and picked it all back up on Sunday afternoon, and so didn't get much chance to see the
competition other enties.
My own entries were a couple of different flowers (some of the pink Snaps above and an orange Cosmos), a few knitted items, a sewn skirt and tote bag, a couple of canned goods, and photos in 19 different categories. All together, I came home with 5 blue ribbons, 5 red, 4 white, and 2 honorable mentions. Pretty fair, huh? There couldn't have been much competition in the knitting category, as my Trekking socks recieved the Best Hand-knitted Article award, despite several mistakes.
On Monday morning, at the bank, a woman at the next teller over from me asked, "Didn't I see some of your photos at the fair this weekend?" This was the first year I've entered any photos and I guess I didn't realize, living in a small town, how revealing they could end up being. Knitting is fairly innocuous, but putting photos out there for anyone to see gives others a certain insight into my own way of seeing the world. I'm sure some of the photos I chose to enter might seem strange to some. Actually, there was some stiff competition in the photography category, so I feel like I did fairly well, given that it was my first year. I received a blue ribbon in the "Photo, Collection" category which, if you've been reading here for awhile, seems to come easier for me than single shots.
Entering items in the local county fair is, to me, almost like a civic duty. The more entries, the more fun for everyone. It's also a chance, like blogging, for people to share with others the things that they do and make at home throughout the year.
For me, more important than the ribbons, some of the judges leave notes on the back of the entry cards, praising, criticizing, and/or giving hints as to what could have been done better or differently. It helps to improve upon this years entries for next year.
Got to go! Time to unplug the computer as the sky is getting dark and thunder is rolling in. Thank goodness we had perfect blue skies and 80 degree F temperatures for our wedding day 9 years ago today!