#SOL22: County Fair

County Fair . . .

Hot. Hotter. Hottest.

July weather at its finest.

Often a precursor to the state fair.

Competition. Livestock. 4H. FFA. Races. Concerts. Demolition Derbies. Tractor Pulls.

Food. Anything and Everything.

Exhibits and Competition.

I entered a Quilt of Valor in the Quilting Division. Here’s how it looked. The display is off a bit for the flag. The stars belong on the left.  It’s a mixed media entry with appliqued stars, stitched stripes and two colors in the binding. My first applique.

I wasn’t ever in 4H as I grew up. I’ve never competed in a competition at a county fair before.

Check out the ribbon this quilt won.

A red.

Second place.

Cash value = $3.00

Not all entries won a prize.

What fun! Entering the open quilting class

at the county fair.

What competition have you been in lately? How did you fare?

What goal setting have you done personally? Have you competed against yourself? What did you learn about yourself?


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7 responses

  1. Congratulations, Fran. There is something exciting about county fairs…the food…the exhibits…the food…the shows…the food…the competitions…the food…

    1. For sure, a reminder of new and od foods and a gente reminder of shared gentle times.

  2. There is something so wholesome about the county fair and your quilt. Congrats on your prize.

  3. Thanks, Margaret.
    Something about outside validation of hand crafted work that just feels good.

  4. Congratulations on your ribbon!
    Your slice sent me looking for “Quilt of Valor” and I found the foundation website. I have only tried quilting a little… but maybe now that I am retired… and I do have my mother’s sewing machine. And I have a son who served in Iraq.

    1. Diane,
      Look for a local quilt group that supports Quilts of Valor. There are varying levels of support.

  5. I love how much I learned and could feel as I read your short poem!
    You took me there. And I chuckled at the $3 prize! You are a winner with enough to maybe buy a snack or refreshment! Your quilt is stunning. And sorry they hung it the wrong way. At least that didn’t stop the judges from giving you a prize!

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