Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday At The Fair

I went into the 4-H builing today and saw all the exhibit items that had been selected to go on for juging at the state level. Some of the items are pretty amazing.

There were posters that are health related, such as this "Stop The Pop" one explaining why you shouldn't drink soda (kind of ironic that I stood there reading it while sipping on a diet coke).

There were projects an posters related to animal health. There were also many woodoworking items, sewing projects, creative arts, and home furnishing items.

When I saw the craftsmanship and detail that went into the woodworking projects, it was often hard to remember that these items were made by children.

One of the most creative things I saw was this tractor made entirely of soda cans.They were all spray painted and welded together and the wheels actually turned.

They also have baked items on display. Everything from pies or cookies that are recipes handed down from Grandma, to new creations they came up with on their own.

I went back to the ag building and walked through the rows and rows of vegetables, fruits, seeds, and flowers that have been judged. I saw 5 plates with 5 cucumbers on each. What makes one of those plates the blue ribbon winner over the other is beyond me!

Outside the ag building they have the largest pumpkin competition. These people are serious about their pumpkins. I talke to a woman who said their family was on pumpkin duty in shifts. During their shift is was their job to make sure the pumpkin was watered every hour. They also spread something on it daily, but she wouldn't tell me what it was, because that's their winning secret. At night they draped a wet sheet across the pumpkin, if it was your shift, you got up hourly to make sure the sheet was still wet. See......they are SERIOUS about this pumpkin stuff!

Remember how I posted a couple of weeks ago that we had something that had started growing out by our front steps? Well, it turns out to be a pumpkin plant. This shot was taken right before left home to come to the fair. We're pretty excited to see no less than 7 or 8 pumpkins growing on it, but I can guarantee you there will be no assigning of shifts, and I will not be breaking into anyones house to find out what to wipe on it. If they grow, they grow. If not, well, better luck next time. ha!

Well, that's it until tomorrow!!

1 comment:

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh that pumpkin story is a blog post in and of itself! Also, it would make a great children's story. Perhaps you should write it!