Thursday, August 04, 2005

State Fair!

We were so excited that Emily got to take her work to the State Fair for the Clock judging. We left early and got up there in plenty of time. Unfortunately the darn stroller, which had served us well for the last 3 1/2 years, fell apart in the parking lot! I carried Sophie and we managed to get Emily checked in. It was unbelievable how gorgeous and creative some of the entries were! Emily went through the testing (to see how knowledgable she was about the topic) and judging. Although she scored very well, she wasn't picked in the top 4! She was really disappointed, but we kept reminding her that she was the best in her county and that there was nothing to be ashamed of! Her picture is gorgeous and I couldn't wait to get it home and hang it up (it is now proudly displayed in our dining room!). Hannah and I made notes and wrote down some projects we really want to look into for this upcoming year (like designing interiors) because the things the kids brought in to be judged were just so neat! We also saw a gorgeous quilt a girl made using homespun flannel and we are definitely going to try to find some of that fabric to work with this year!

We decided to walk around the fair...after all we had paid $5 to park, $4 to get in (thanks to it being 1/2 price day) and probably used $20 in gas to get there! We had to rent a stroller for Sophie since she would not walk (another $7 down the drain). It was in the mid 90's and the sun was brutal!

We meandered around the fair and bought a $10 lemonade...yes you read that right....$10 for a LARGE lemonade...OK it was 1/2 gallon, but it was ONE FLIPPING LEMON in some SUCKED! At least we had the container to refill with water!

We went into one of the expo buildings and Hannah, Em and Sophie were THRILLED with all the free junk they got. The best of our freebies was over 200 FREE postcards which we can use to send to our penpals! We ended up buying a mop (one of those AS SEEN ON TV ones...ended up getting one free) and a couple of pop up laundry baskets. We had so much stuff that we couldn't fit it in the basket on the back of the stroller....I won't need to buy a coloring book for at least a year!

Before we left we went to see the butter sculture! It was a cow, calf, little girl and a HUGE icecream cone sculpted completely from butter....2000 pounds of it to be exact! It was really COOL!

We opted to wait and get lunch at Cracker Barrel on the way home. We figured we knew the food would be good and it was MUCH CHEAPER than eating the crappy food at the fair!

Hopefully one of the kids will make State Fair next year with 4-H! Next year I will put the good stroller and a wagon in the trunk!


hestiahomeschool said...

She is still a winner in our eyes :-). First place in the county is a BIG DEAL!!

Our fair is in September. I want to go check it out...

Traci said...

That is great that she made it to the State Fair. Our State Fair is so lame. I want to go though to look into buying a sheep fleece to spin. Maybe someday (way far away) I can send you some homespun fabric that I will weave!

Laura said...


The state fair was pretty neat, it was just so HOT and the animals STUNK!

I hope the spinning goes well! I don't know that I would have the patience to do it! But I will happily accept any fabric you spin!