The Life and Projects of An Avid Hobbyist

Monday, August 11, 2008

Blue Streak

I spent all afternoon Saturday with my friends Gwen and Gabrielle at the NJ State Fair...I had the best time. While I missed them and they didn't see my ribbons, I got word from my MYSnB peeps (Ina and Kim) that they too had a good time*.

The Sussex County Fairgrounds are huge. I didn't fully appreciate this on my earlier reconnaissance mission; I only hit a few strategic places. This time we went everywhere: the craft tent, butterflies, the elephant ride and the stables. I had the best time and have the sore muscles to prove it.

There were lots of farm animals.

Fair Animals
The fowl were my favorite. I've never seen such big, fluffy chickens, roosters and the like.

There was food for eating and on display.

My creation
That fire roaster corn was expensive but worth every kernel.

There were many quilts hung from the rafters.
My creation
Next year? Maybe.

There were many competitions including one for seeing eye dogs, equestrian jumping and even turkey calling (who knew?).

...and lots of ribbons for me, three to be exact. Two blue (the garden chunky marinara fra diavolo and the tangy pickled beets) and one yellow (blueberry orange jam).

Ribbons
Insert clapping track here.

When I saw my jars with the ribbons on them I did my happy dance (Note: my happy dance looks like me jumping vertically in the air like a damned fool). Yes, there were onlookers. It was my first time out the gate and I had no idea I would win a ribbon let alone three.

What am I doing to celebrate? I am having my first ever blog contest. Leave a comment by Friday, August 15th and you will be entered to win a gift of your choosing in the following categories: yarn, fabric or food.

Thanks to everyone who supported me in this endeavor. ~ksp

*The home economics competition is pretty obscurely place in the Richards Building (across from the honey display). You have got to go looking for it to find it. If I join the committee for next year, I would like to find ways to make it more prominent.

11 comments:

Kim said...

Congrats! You cleaned up with the ribbons. Too bad we didn't find you! But damn was that fair huge! We avoided riding on the elephant as we were afraid he'd go beserk a la the tv program "Good Animals Gone Bad." Thoses quilts look great. Missed them too. Oh well next year.

Apron Thrift Girl said...

Three ribbons? That's incredible. I've never even dared to enter anything ever. Well done.

Victoria said...

whoohoo! congrats! i am so proud of you!

lol @ the contest for seeing eye dogs. *8i can't stop chuckling**

Victoria said...

question: will multiple posts increasse a person's chances of winning?

:-)

yetunde said...

girl, i knew those pickled beets would win a ribbon and i didn't even taste them.

CrazyFiberLady said...

woo hoo!! hearty congratulations! very proud of you :)

harriet's folly said...

Congrats, my dear Kelli. Little did I know that you and I share the same crafting passion and I look forward to seeing more of your creations. Aunt Harriet

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

congrats - your offerings sure sounded yummy.no need to put me in for the drawing, just wanted to say hi.

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your winning entries -- that is so cool!

Ashaki said...

Congratulations Kelly!

Nik said...

Hey there,

Make me a quilt:D
I'm kidding. Unless you're going to do it :D

I hope you take that to mean that I like the work you've done on the quilt. I found you through a comment you left on deltapurl's blog.