The end of the summer is here, and the Westmoreland County Fair has arrived right on schedule!
Last year, we visited the fair for the first time shortly after we moved. It was a whole bunch of fun, and we immediately started planning to get more involved this year. At the time, I thought that maybe I should make some marmalade (partly because there was so little competition).
Fast forward a few months… Frequent readers may remember that I worked on pink grapefruit marmalade back in December. Also, the girls got involved in 4-H, and started working on sewing, baking, gardening, and art projects. And Ordinary Spouse came out of fair-entry-retirement*, and decided to work on a few sewing and baking projects.
* Here is a major side note… Ordinary Spouse was a professional fair entrant as a child. Check out her ribbons from back then…
I’m guessing that other 4-H members saw that she was entered in the same category and immediately ran up the white flag in surrender.
Ok… the major side note is done. 🙂
All of our work reached its culmination yesterday. We woke up early to put the finishing touches on a total of seventeen fair entries:
- Ordinary Spouse – a dress, a loaf of bread, and cinnamon rolls
- Oldest Daughter – a blouse/culottes outfit (2 entries), a watercolor painting, and blackberry jam
- Middle Daughter – flower arrangements (3 entries), a multimedia painting, cornbread, and stuffed animals
- Youngest Daughter – a flower arrangement, a painted wooden fish, and pumpkin muffins
- o(m) – pink grapefruit marmalade
Some scenes from the day…
And here are the finished entries!
We had a four-hour window to drop things off yesterday afternoon…
The judging happens this morning (I think), and we’ll go back to see how we did tonight when the fair officially opens. (Ordinary Spouse noted that there was only one other marmalade entered in my category, so maybe I have some hope!)
In the meantime, here are some things we can look forward to…
Stay tuned for more fair reporting!