More surprises were in store as I went back to the fair again on Friday and Saturday. This little beaded Christmas ornament was one of those last minute ideas that I put together the day before the entry turn-in day. It is difficult to see, as most of the beads are clear. It has a line of beads on a straight wire to three green ones, then another wire makes a swirl around the central line. I was gobsmacked to see a third place ribbon on it in the Christmas Ornaments category in Crafts.
Between turning in my dishes for the cooking competitions, and looking for my entries, we did have some time to see the sights of the fair. This little calf in the Mooternity Ward was only about 4 hours old, and just finding his feet. He was doing a little bit of jumping around, then almost falling over. So cute.
Also in the category of cuteness, the Otter Adventure is a new addition to the fair this year. This was their first show ever, and the presentation was a bit rough, but the otters were adorable.
Back to the exhibits, several of my Autumn Jubilee projects from last year won ribbons, although neither of my quilts published in magazines placed. It was fun that Twinkle Twinkle Pumpkin Star (renamed Evening Harvest for the magazine) was hanging front and center as you came in the Expo building. That pattern is now in my Etsy store. On the side wall, under the Senior Citizen Crafts sign, you can see the table topper from last October’s Autumn Jubilee. It didn’t place either, lest you think that everything I enter gets a ribbon. I certainly don’t win all the time, and it wouldn’t be fun if I did. The anticipation and challenge is the fun part.
My Autumn Elegance Quilt published in the Fall 2022 issue of Quilts and More Magazine didn’t place either. The ones that did win were much more custom quilted than mine. I just need to step up my game with more free motion quilting next year.
The wool acorns got a first place in the category of Amateur Handcrafts using Natural Materials. The acorn caps are from our yard.
My Autumn Jubilee purse, and my flying geese placemats didn’t place. But, the embroidered bag from last year’s Autumn Jubilee won first in the Machine Embroidered Item category in Crafts.
New this year, the Crafts division added a Paper Crafts category. I entered two of my Autumn inspired cards with envelopes, and got a first place.
At the cooking competition Thursday evening, so many people at the Blueberry Contest wanted a taste of my tart, that I only came home with about a quarter of it. My Sweet Babboo has almost polished it off. I did promise you the recipe, so here it is. Click on Blueberry Honey Tart.
The dairy contest was Friday night, but my entry did not place. We walked around a little that night to get a few pictures for the next fair’s photography contest. I like this one that shows the mountains behind the rides I will never get on!
Saturday started early, as I had to get my Apple contest entry to the fair at 10 am. I turned in my cake, then went to walk around a bit more. Unfortunately, I was wearing my long dress for working the log cabin heritage crafts booth, and somehow a couple of bees got under the skirt. They stung me in two spots on my back, so I spent 20 minutes in the first aid center. Luckily I am not allergic, but boy did it hurt. So, when they released me, I went straight back to the contest area and read a book for the last half hour of judging. There were 14 apple desserts in competition. Then the announcements, and I won first place!! That made me feel better!
I made an Apple Upside Down cake, that is topped at serving with Salted Caramel sauce. My little secret, I used apple juice instead of water in the cake batter. Yes, I know you want this recipe too – Apple Upside Down Cake. So many of the contestants wanted to taste it than I came home with less than half a cake. But I had to just pack it up at that point, as My Sweet Babboo wasn’t with me and I had to save him some. He loves apples with cinnamon.
I have to tell you this fun story. The young man on the right in the photo below is Justin, and this was his first ever cooking competition. He made an absolutely delicious apple cheesecake with an oat crumble topping. You should have seen his face when his entry was announced first as an honorable mention. He was ecstatic, and just beamed with his ribbon, showing it to everyone individually as he went back to his seat. Then, after the pictures, he had to give us all a taste of his dish. He was a delight, and so much fun to see the joy in his eyes. We all gave him a round of applause, which made him stand even taller than he is! I hope to see him again next year.
After the cooking contest, I went over to the log cabin that has the heritage crafts to work my shift in the afternoon. Our two Hendersonville guilds do a booth together to sell tickets to our raffle quilt fundraisers.
I didn’t want to haul a machine down there, so I took a handwork project. This is Sashiko. Our guild had a program on it and I took the workshop. I need to finish the embroidery part and then assemble the little bag that was in my workshop kit. The lighting in the cabin is making this look purple, but the actual color is a deep indigo blue. It is marked in white carbon paper, and is partly stitched in thick white thread. I got another partial row done, but we were too busy to get far. The idea was just to have some sewing going as people stopped by.
So, I stitched and chatted with a friend working the booth with me, chatted with strangers as they came by to buy raffle tickets, and enjoyed working my shift. I was glad to get home, it has been a very busy 10 days! I’ll be back on Monday to assist with taking down the quilts from the ceiling, and organizing them for pickup.
So, whew. Today will be spent in my chair, watching football games and recuperating. How’s your weekend going?
Sulky Threads is having a 25% Off Notions sale for the September Sewing Month. Hurry this sale ends at midnight.