The County Fair in all of it’s glory!

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The county fair was this past weekend I’m so excited to show you a little peak at all the fun! Come see small town America in all of it’s glory!

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This was our family’s first year really participating in the fair and it was so much fun! My Aunt Sally is on the fair board and so she asked me to help set up a “country store” where people who brought exhibits could bring extra items to sell. It was the first year doing it and it was so successful. Lots of people brought things to sell and lots of things were bought! It’s so rewarding to see a community so involved and supporting each other.

I spent a lot of hours here! Isn’t it great?

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I also entered some of my handiwork from the past year and did SO WELL! Thomas called it beginner’s luck and I totally agree. I took the overall grand champion in floriculture, fine arts, and canning! I also got reserve grand champion (we call it sweepstakes here) in canning, fine arts, and horticulture (for a gorgeous cabbage), and lots of other blue ribbons! Crazy! Here are some of my entries.

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My prize-winning photo! That’s Henry with my Great Aunt Effie Mae’s glasses on! I really liked Thomas and the baby but the judges loved Henry. They said it captured a memory perfectly.
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The canning jar picture is also mine. This window is at my grandma’s house in Indiana and reminds me so much of her farm and my happy childhood. I literally teared up when I pulled the print out. I love it and it’s so very nostalgic.

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And here were a few other pictures I liked.

So many amazing quilts!
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All kinds of local produce to purchase.
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This was all happening inside while the livestock show was outside. I didn’t make it out for pictures but it’s quiet an exciting attraction.

The evening of the last day is the rodeo and it is SO MUCH FUN!

The people in this town are all kinds of rodeo/horse crazy and the events are really fun to watch.

Here are some of the rodeo events:
Hide Ride: a rider drags a cow hide behind the horse to the end of the arena where the partner has to jump on the moving hide and hang on while the horse and rider go as fast as they can back to where they started

Sweethearts Race: one member of the team runs out to the middle of the arena and jumps on top of a barrel. When the runner is on the barrel the horse rider goes as fast as they can to pick up the person on the barrel. The person normally jumps onto the back of the horse and they race back to the start. All of the couples in the pictures are doing this race

Mutton Bustin’: Little kids are stuck on the back of a sheep and they ride it for as long as they can (totally crazy but the pictures were pretty funny)

Chicken Chase: Any kids in the audience can pay a quarter to come out into the arena and chase chickens, ducks, and rabbits. If they catch them, they get to keep them. My kids had their hearts set on a new rabbit and many tears were shed when they weren’t fast enough to snag one.

There’s also steer riding, calf roping, and barrel racing.

I’m not normally a rodeo goer, but when you know most of the people it’s so much fun to watch.

All of these pictures were taken by my talented friend, Chris Williams who has an awesome photography blog. You can find his site, 365 Days In Zion here. And yes, they did go to Zion National Park every day for a year to take pictures. They are stunning!

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And of course there’s so much more! Fair Queens, a parade, fireworks, live stock auction, and the hamburgers, oh the burgers. This was just a little snippet of how our tiny rural community comes together once a year to celebrate all of the things we love and work for.

Thanks for letting me share!

Have YOU ever put something in the county fair?

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  1. Tracy says:

    Such a nice write-up and charming fair! Congratulations on your ribbons! Your photos are fabulous (and so are the flowers and foods!)! I love the county fair and have won a few ribbons for my photos. What I really love, though, is the tractor parade, with all its lovingly cared-for antique tractors. But I missed it this year because I was in your neck of the woods visiting the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce for the first time in my life. Oh my, how lovely! (Thanks so much for the link to 365 Days in Zion. Gorgeous photos, amazing experience. We barely scratched the surface.)

  2. Bev says:

    ouch! I miss home!

  3. jennifer says:

    This makes me want to move to wherever it is that you love!

  4. colleen says:

    Oh my goodness what fun! Thank you for sharing! and that canning jar picture and the pic of the man and the baby are……..I don’t even know the words to describe them. They made me emotional 🙂

  5. Penny says:

    Just loved reading this post! What a lovely event and the home made items all look incredible…I would have spent a fortune had I been there! I especially love the picture of the jars in the window – I struggle to get hold of the big jars like that over here in England but when I do I fill them with brightly coloured pulses and even pretty stones from our local beach – so pretty.

    We have village fairs and country shows over here too with a similar feel…….I won third prize for three sweet pea stems in our village flower show this year! Yay!

    Anyway, thank you Melissa for another fascinating read.
    6 footers forever! Lol

    Penny 🙂

  6. AnnaBanana says:

    I love this post! Makes me nostalgic for my small town days, never to be revisited. My husband is a diehard big city lover now. Beautiful photos and writing you shared!

  7. Jodi says:

    That window photo with the canning jars is amazing! I have tons of windows in my home and well over 600 Ball and Kerr jars but they sure don’t evoke the feelings from seeing your photo. Kind of reminds me when we lived in the old drafty farm house when we first got married.

  8. Ashley says:

    Hmmm… I think I need to go take a picture of Grandma’s window! 🙂