The Mountain Regional State Fair is in its last weekend, and it was a blast to both enter competitions and attend the fair. This year I went twice, and yes I had to get a corn dog both times. I enjoy so much about this annual event, the heritage crafts, the fun food (no I didn’t get a fried oreo, but I did think about it, LOL!), seeing all the winners in the giant pumpkin contest, and of course the wonderful quilts!
I don’t ride these crazy things, but I do enjoy the chair lift that takes you over the whole fairgrounds. That is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.
This year we got to the fair early on a grey day, just in time to see the rabbit competition.
Did you know that the judging for these cute guys is more stringent than the average dog show?
They were cute lined up in their bins waiting for their turn. I could have done a whole post just on these little guys.
More waiting patiently for their competition, happily munching on hay.
We watched the llama competition too, the kids have to take them through an obstacle course.
No chickens this year, due to the state trying to limit the exposure to the bird flu. We did see the little pigmy goats, adorable!
The clogging competition was that day too, but I didn’t get any pictures. I think I was just so captivated by the kids and how well they danced. We went over to the competitions building to see the quilts after that. I was thrilled to see a second place ribbon on my Sudoku quilt made of sewing fabrics. I already showed you the third place on my applique Spotted Hen, also in this picture.
I have a new purse pattern that I’ll be publishing soon. It won a ribbon too! It has a beaded embellishment that is from the upholstery department in the home dec department of the local fabric store.
I also received a second place on my Autumn Table Linens Set of table runner, 4 place mats, 4 napkins and 2 potholders, in the quilted crafts division. It was a real thrill to also receive the Judge’s Choice ribbon!
The real surprise was a first place ribbon in the amateur photography competition, in the category of Fair pictures from last year. I had taken a photo of some of the vegetable competition with the quilts hanging overhead.
The quilts hanging from the ceiling were all spectacular. The winners were well deserved, beautifully pieced and quilted masterpieces. A couple of my friends won in two categories, and I am thrilled for them. The black modern quilt ended up oriented this way, and I liked it. It was hard to get a good picture with the lighting.
Back outside, we had to get some food. Chicken and waffle! My first time, and I liked it!
We took the food to a table down the row and around a corner to hear Leon Jacobs, Jr. do his one man band. Always a treat to hear him play oldies and tell jokes. It is a fun show I like to see, if I can get there at the right time. He only plays a few times a day.
After that, we hit the Heritage crafting area, where I bought some pottery (on both trips, LOL), and we got to watch the blacksmith in action making a metal leaf key ring.
I took so many pictures! And we did so much more on those two visits than I can put into one post, things to see and do, the little newborn calves at the Mooternity ward, more competitions, beautiful woodworking and a chain saw artist. The floral competition was spectacular as we got there just after all those beautiful blooms were delivered for judging. So many gorgeous roses, orchids and more.
I’ll pick up all my entries on Monday, then on Wednesday take three quilts to Asheville for their quilt show coming up the first weekend in October. Then I am done with shows until next year! Three shows in less than 30 days is a lot of running around. Plus it is another weekend of the Friends of the Library book sale, with box-of-books day next Friday. I hope to get some time to sew in October!
Do you enter competitions in your local fair? Do you go to the fair?