The second week of August, the kids and I entered a bunch of things in the Salt Lake County Fair.
As children in our local northwoods Wisconsin 4-H club, my siblings and I entered stuff in the Vilas County Fair every year. But Utah fairs were a new experience for all of us (besides being spectators at the State Fair the last few years).
We’d just returned from our family reunion on August 8, but on Monday, August 9th we threw ourselves into baking.
By 10pm we were exhausted so we got up early the next day and continued. I decided at the last minute to bake 2 items, as well, and we barely made it to the Fair by the noon deadline.
We’d previously turned in the kids’ art projects on Sunday afternoon, so we counted the hours until we could go on Wednesday morning and see if our items got any prizes.
Wednesday dawned, sunny and hot. When we got to the Fair, we raced to the art section and scanned the many framed entries hanging on the wall. When the kids saw their prizes they started screaming and jumping up and down. Nia, especially, was quite ecstatic and couldn’t stop screaming for a few minutes. (They award prizes based on merit, so everyone who deserves one gets an appropriate prize.)
1st prize: Forest and waterfall scene
2nd prize: Unicorn on a hill
1st prize: Chocolate chip cookies
2nd prize: Pumpkin bread
2nd prize: Clone Trooper drawing
3rd prize: GF sugar cookies
4th prize: GF muffins (I guess the judges don’t like the taste of gluten-free cooking!)
1st prize, “high blue” (for entries better than 1st place) and “Sweepstakes Award” for best in category: Pink Flower drawing
1st prize: Oatmeal cookies
2nd prize: Chocolate no-bake cookies
1st prize: lemon poppyseed muffins
2nd prize: Sour Cream coffeecake
After we’d finished screaming and jumping, we met up with our friends Linda, Rebecca and Joseph. We had fun visiting the animal barns (though my allergies didn’t let me stay there long…apparently there were owls in the bird and rabbit barn!! I don’t know how we missed them!), looking at all the exhibits, and watching the Pig Races. Yep, that’s right…Pig Races done by Cook’s Racing Pigs. It was extremely funny, and if I get a YouTube video up at some point I’ll come back and link it here.
We came back to the fair that evening to watch a free concert by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Wow, are they ever incredible musicians!! I didn’t know any of their songs except the famous “Fishin’ in the Dark.” The banjo and harmonica players were especially talented. It was a terrific concert. I took some videos, but the pictures didn’t turn out very well.
We were pretty far back and to the side…I had to leave partway through to pick up Nia from a birthday party and then come back, so we sat close to the side so I wouldn’t disturb very many people.
Around 10:30 p.m. when the concert was ending, a nice lady in the row behind us tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if there was any news in Susan’s case. I am continually touched and amazed at all the people who continue to care about and remember Susan, even though it’s been so long. I appreciate them so much and I know Susan’s family does, too.