It’s fair time, part 3

Finally, I can take a moment to breathe! My fair entries were submitted yesterday afternoon, and the Hancock County Fair began today. My entries were judged today, as well.

On Monday night I baked for a couple of hours without any major problems. My chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars turned out lovely and tasted quite delicious, if I may say so myself.

Most of my problems, though, came from trying to cut cardboard with an X-Acto blade. The photos needed to be mounted on cardboard at least 1/8 inch think, and I, of course, had a difficult time cutting through the cardboard. And, of course, I ran out of proper-thickness cardboard, so I had to use other cardboard and layer it. I was doing this all while baking my cookies, so I was running back and forth between my cardboard and my oven, because I never set a timer for my desserts the entire night.

I managed to get most everything finished Monday night, with final preparations Tuesday morning and afternoon before delivering them to the fairgrounds, when I breathed my final sigh of relief.

Then today, I headed back to the fairgrounds to check on my baked goods, and sadly, neither won. The newsroom was disappointed, but they still love my baked goods, which is all that really matters.

Again this evening, I returned for the photo judging, and my categories already had winners. I wanted some input, but oh well. I check my flower first: no ribbon. Then my sunset and no ribbon. But then, I see my Venetian canals and there’s a red, second-place ribbon hanging on my photograph!

It was so exciting! And it was nice to know that all my work for this paid off for something, even if it is a $4 premium, which might just be the best thing imaginable.

And then I spent the evening watching marching bands, a scene I did not expect at the fair and do not associate with fairs, but I love marching bands, especially good ones, and there was one I may have to see again this football season. So all in all, definitely a good night at the fair.

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5 Responses to It’s fair time, part 3

  1. vampychronicles says:

    Yay! I’m so glad your photo won a ribbon! (That’s one of my favorite photos of yours, by the way! I love canals.)

    I always associated marching band with the fair… we used to perform every year in the band showcase at the Canfield Fair, which was fun. I got to go again last year (my first time back at the fair since high school!), and it was strange watching and not playing.

    • elliewick says:

      Yes, I know they do that in Canfield, though I’ve never seen it, and didn’t know if it happened anywhere else. It doesn’t happen at Trumbull. I entered the parking lot and saw band trucks and was like, “What is going on here?” and when I finally got in, brass and drum clicks drew me to the grandstands. Oh, how I love marching band…

  2. Amanda says:

    Gah, damnit. I hate how WordPress automatically logs me in under my other alias whenever I visit your page. Oh well. That last comment was mine!

  3. Andi says:

    Congrats!!! Now send some of those lovelies over to me please! :)

  4. Caitlin says:

    Yay! Congrats!!! :)

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