Tuesday, August 14, 2012

County Fair - What Fun!

We just love our County Fair. We look forward to it every year and prepare so many things to enter into the bench show.  This year took a lot more preparation, because all 3 of our kids were entering things. It was Jacob's first year to enter and between the 4 of us, we had 70 items to enter in. It is always so much fun.

Our fair is only on one day. This year they had hula hoop contests, bubble gun blowing contests, a greased pig race (the winner got to keep the pig), hobby horse races and a ranch rodeo.
In the picture below, Ben and Jacob are trying the Hula Hoop Contest.

In this picture, Ben and Jacob are making their hobby horse to race with.

Here is Jacob's hobby horse.

Here is part of the Ranch Rodeo.

I had a goal to enter 30 items this year and I just made it.

In the picture below, you can see some of the produce I entered; (I will list everything, more for my own records)
  • Beets (2nd)
  • Green Onions (1st)
  • Raspberries (2nd)
  • Green Bush Beans (2nd)
  • Yellow Bush Beans
  • Peas
  • Wild Fruit Collection (1st)
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin (1st)
My pumpkin also received the Best of Show Award. I think it is because people don't see fully ripe pumpkins around this area so early in the year.  It was the new variety I tried this year called, Neon. It has a maturity time of 65 days. Incredible! And they are doing very well. Just a hint for some of you in shorter growing areas.

For the culinary arts division, I entered;

  • Rhubarb Strawberry Jam (3rd)
  • Raspberry Jam (2nd)
  • Canned Peaches (2nd)
  • Crab apple Chokecherry Jelly (1st)
  • Crab Apple Jelly (1st)
  • Peach Pie (1st)
  • Pie Shell (2nd)
  • Cinnamon Rolls (1st)
  • White Dinner Buns (1st)
  • Butter Tarts (1st)
  • Zucchini Loaf (2nd)
  • White Bread (2nd)
  • 1 Dozen Eggs (3rd)
  • Toll Painted Cow Welcome Sign
  • Ginger Bread Man Christmas Ornament

Our fair is so lucky to have some awesome sponsors that have contests as well. I love entering these, as the awards are gift certificates from that company. I entered all but one this year and I won $95 worth of gift certificates and about $35 worth of gift prizes.

In these sponsored categories I entered;

  • Fleischmanns' White Bread (2nd - $10 gift certificate & cookbook)
  • Robin Hood Chocolate Chunk Cookies (1st - $25 gift ccertificate)
  • Tenderflake Peach Pie (1st - apron and dough cutter)
  • Bernardin Crab Apple Jelly (1st - $20 gift certificate)
  • Certo Raspberry Jam (1st - $20 gift certificate)
  • Bernardin Mason Jar Craft (1st - $20 gift certificate)

You can see in the next picture some of the things that Ben entered. Some items were, the largest egg, wooden model truck, brownies, painted rock, sewed hunters bag, his moccasins and sand art to name a few. He was happy with the $26 he won in prize money. It is a great way for the kids to earn extra money and it is all so fun anyway, even if they don't win.

Jacob entered, a painted rock, wooden model airplane, lego zoo, largest egg, sewn hunters bag, rice crispies, sand art and a few other things. He was able to win $30 in prize money.

Rebekah did very well too. She won Best of Division for the Rooster Water Colour picture she gave me and she was runner up for high point. You can see all of her entries on her blog, Country God Girl.

Well, we are already thinking about next year. We would like to enter some photos and we found out Rebekah can enter things into the adult categories as well. So next year, she wants to enter in the sponsored contests and maybe some jams and jellies.

Now we are busy just eating all the leftover baking! Yum... peach pie.

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  1. Lots of fun we had! Can't wait for next year! We all did really good.
    God bless,

  2. Wow, that is amazing! Congratulations on all your fair entries. This was our first year doing the county fair, and we had so much fun. We are already planning next years entries :)

    1. Shannon, I'm so glad you and your family had a chance to go to your fair and enter items in. It really gets you thinking what you can enter in next year and as a homeschooling family, there always seems to be lots of chances to make lots of things.