It's time for the San Bernardino County Fair! This year opening day was the busiest in 7 years - record crowds! And I was one of them. There was a good reason - I was checking to see if any of the three art projects I had entered had won any ribbons. Jeff and I scoured the Community Building filled with hundreds of projects --everything from gems to quilts --baked goods to antique collections -- woven plastic to fine jewelry. It is a huge building! Finally we found my stuff. There is the case was my little folded book called "CREATE" and along side it was a blue ribbon! I was thrilled! My second item a necklace called "Apple Valley Memories" didn't win - too much competition, but my third item, a encaustic painting called "Bloom" (inspired by my friend Thea) won an Honorable Mention ribbon. Not too bad over all. I was pleased!
The reason I decided to enter the fair this year was for old time sake. When I was a kid growing up here in the desert I belonged to our local 4-H club. Instead of raising animals I did the homemaking stuff - cooking, sewing and home decorating. Each year we were required to enter our projects into the fair. I made baked goods, clothes, aprons, placemats--all kinds of things. It was a great experience and fun winning ribbons for my work. It gave me a real sense of confidence and pride. And the part I liked most was going to the fair with my Mom and looking at all the booths and seeing all the ribbons. It was a special thing we shared.
So this year I did it to celebrate that memory and I am glad I did! It was so much fun that I think I will do it again next year!
In the spirit of good old times and creating new memories, Cindy