I’m super excited about this! My son & I decided to enter our county fair this year. He had been taking photographs while my grandparents were visiting this summer, & I recently found out that our fair is held over Labor Day weekend, so I talked him into entering some of his pictures. It took us awhile to pare down the selection of photos, because we liked so many of them. But eventually we helped him pick out four that we thought were the best for the categories available. He entered two black & white, and two color. He had also made a birdhouse as part of his summer reading project, so he entered that into the 4H woodworking category. Since he was entering items, I decided I should probably be a good role model and enter some of my own work. I hadn’t finished any new quilts lately. The last ones I’d made all went to friends & family as baby gifts. So instead, I decided to enter these.
The first is a carry case I made in order to keep & use my great-grandmother’s sewing kit. It’s been handed down through the four generations, with most of her sewing accessories remaining in the kit. Unfortunately, it’s lost the latch to keep the contents safe if it gets knocked over. It’s also lost the carry handle to make it easier to haul around to sewing classes & retreats & such. So I designed this cute & snug little carry bag that allows me to secure the lid with a button down strap, as well as to carry it around with a shoulder strap. I had a few measurements to work with, but I mostly just lined the fabric up with the basket & marked the right lengths.
The second item, which was a last minute addition to my fair entries, is a basket I made at Craft Camp this year. The design is called a Wildflower Basket, but I’m not sure who created it. This class took all day. From breakfast until lunch was spent building the basket part, which was slightly different due to the sloped sides. From lunch until dinner (and beyond, in my case) was spent entirely on the braiding around the rim. I made a lot of mistakes, but I learned a TON about how to correct my mistakes without tearing apart 6 hours of work 🙂
Last Monday we registered our items for judging, and this past Saturday we were able to go downtown for the parade, and to check out all the entries & winners. I was amazed to find out that my basket had won Best In Show!! I will try to update this post with a photo of the basket & ribbon after I pick them back up tomorrow. My son also won ribbons. His birdhouse & one photograph both received Third Place ribbons, while a separate photograph of his was awarded Second Place!! So between the two of us, we had seven entries into the fair, & four of them earned ribbons. 🙂
Do you have local fairs where you live? Have you ever entered one of your craft items? I’ve always grown up with a local county fair, but this was the first time I’d ever submitted anything. It was certainly a great first experience & we will definitely be looking around for next year’s entries-to-be!