I came home with first, second, third, fourth, and honorable mention ribbons for my entries in our county fair this weekend.
"The Train Thistle" is what I call my dry floral arrangement for the category San Benito Hidden Beauty, in which participants must use dry vegetation native to our county. I picked thistles.
I entered three dry arrangements and three fresh ones.
I entered one of the Mama's geraniums. I can imagine the Mama's spirit smiling as well as tsking as to why didn't she get a blue ribbon.
My painted gourd for the garden art category got honorable mention. That was nice of the judges to give me a place, because there were only four of us participating.
Each year fewer adults take part in the various baking, canning, crafts, floriculture, fine arts, sewing, and quilting divisions. That's too bad.
When I brought in my flower arrangements, one of women in charge commented on me having the most entries. Six. "Good for you," she said. "We have to keep the fair going." I would love to see more participation, even if it means less ribbons for me. :-)
Besides garden art and flower arrangements, I entered a photograph in the photo art, animals, and people classes. In the photo art class, you take a photo and manipulate it in Photoshop. Thistles, again!
Sunday's link is All Seasons, a weekly meme hosted by Jesh of The Jesh Studio. Click here to check out her blog. For this week's participants list, click here. Thanks, Jesh!