The Oregon State Fair was so fun, especially now that Sebastian is really into animal noises and new words. He said "baba" for bunnies, and "moooo" to the cows, and "mmmmm" to funnel cake. And it was very satisfying to see so much skilled knitting and sewing in the fair cases thanks to our fair-alongers. Martin said there was a lot more knitting than last year. Yay for us!
I was somewhat (well, I'll admit very) disappointed that my little trellis sweater was hidden behind other baby items and could not be seen by anyone. It took three adults about half an hour to find it. Can you see it? I thought about it afterwards, and was sad because I'm proud of that little sweater. I even sat in Sarah's craft room the night before the fair entries were due and took apart the collar to re-sew it in a better matching thread.
I finally decided it must have been a mistake that it got left back there, and not something that was done because the fair people didn't like it.
I'm gonna move on, folks. :-)
And besides, my sewn bonnet out of vintage barkcloth got 2nd place in the Master & Professional division for Sewing, Children's Any One Other. And Sarah won a blue ribbon in the Handknit, Designed by Exhibitor category with her reds wrap.
We got to see a very big farm machine, an assortment of egg-shaped candy dioramas, rows up on rows of decaying pies in locked cases, gorgeously murky honey, and the best plate of prunes in Oregon. Oh, and the coolest thing in the fair: a lego artwork of hundreds of little guys standing in line. We also saw all this other stuff.
1. binx's first funnel cake, 2. two browns in hats, 3. naked sheep, 4. big diggers, all in a row, 5. a chicken as big as binx, 6. phyllis diller chickens, 7. row of bun-buns, 8. pretty pheasant, 9. binx and mama, 10. state fair skyride, 11. oregon state fair, 12. mysterious honey, 13. friendly giant, 14. gorgeous all-white quilt, 15. blurry jam, 16. afghans, 17. katrina's wins, 18. sarah's big win, and reflections of lace, 19. shawl & pinwheel, 20. very tired baby pig
You can bet the little boy was cozily slumped in his car seat within minutes of leaving the fair, giving mommy and papa a nice quiet ride home. Unlike last year, when he howled for milk all the way back from Salem.