Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bounty of the County

"Bounty of the County" is this year's Ventura County Fair theme.  Grant and I went last night and checked out how my entries did.  All four received an award, which is so nice!

The Christmas tree skirt received a 2nd place.

The Broken Dishes tablerunner also got a 2nd place, and next to it is the patriotic pinwheel mini (hung upside down!), which has an Honorable Mention.  I loved the sailboat quilt up in the corner with rick rack as the waves, but didn't get a better photo of it.

All bigger quilts are hung high on the walls of the Home Arts building.  In the past, two or three have been hung together on each rod, so entries are down, as the volunteer mentioned to me when I entered mine.

Awful photo of me, but my Rick Rack Road quilt also received an Honorable Mention. 

Many other arts, crafts, and food entries are housed in this building.  Look at the beautiful painting on this gourd.  Love the bluejay with the berry in its beak.

Dynamic use of flying geese for this small ocean scene. 

I'm always drawn to fall colors in quilts.

I took this photo for the unusual vessel in the middle, which was made from acacia, but also like the wooden travel cup in the upper right of the photo.  Turned and carved wood pieces were in abundance.

Funny sentiment about dusting!  I liked the distressed style frame too.

Gorgeous lupine in this pieced and appliqued quilt.  It won a Special Award, but I don't know what that means quite.  Usually all the top winners are in a separate display case but I didn't find that this year.

Another lady and I were discussing this lovely greenwork version of the Crabapple Hill pattern that is so popular these days.  We both agreed it could have been displayed better but liked the unusual color.  Marylou and I talked quilting for quite awhile and walked around while I showed her my entries.  She said she had just taken a photo of my Broken Dishes tablerunner before we met--which pleased me. 

Absolutely wonderful hooked wool rug.

Look at all the yummy fall colors and intricate fill.

This mosaic tile piece was so pretty, and quite large, probably more than two feet tall.

Grant and I ate all our fair favorites--fish tacos, corn dogs, Indian fry bread for me, and cinnamon roll  for him.  We spent some time hearing Pat Benatar in concert (free with admission) and enjoyed the people watching, ran into a few folks we knew (including our neighbors across the street), and watched a hypnotist make folks salsa dance.  I will probably make a return trip to see exhibits I missed and spend more time in the Home Arts building looking at all the wonderful things people make!


pcflamingo said...

Thank you for the wonderful fair pictures! My son and I always go to the Western Washington Fair every year. He indulges me so I can go see the quilts and needlework exhibits first, then the art work and photography, then the hobby barn with peoples' odd collections of things, then LUNCH! Always a fun time.

Quilter Kathy said...

I love community fairs! I enjoyed the photos of your fair tour. Congrats on your awards!

Candace said...

Congratulations on your ribbons, Annie! So many interesting entries, too! We love the fair every year! One of these times I'd better enter something, huh!

Darlene said...

Congratulations on your ribbons and wins!

I love county fairs but haven't attended one in a very long time. Thank you for sharing your visit.

Vivian said...

Oh, you tricky title writer. Cute one.
Congrat's on the ribbons at the fair. Ours was a major disappointment this year, compared to what I remember in the past, but I'm sure it'll be on an upswing soon. There are very intriguing wooden projects in your photo. Thanks for sharing so many entries.

Have you always had the world map displayed at the bottom of your blog? I just noticed it. I'm always curious where in the world our visitors are from. I see you've had 4 visits from a country called "Satellite Provider." Hmmmm.

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats and fun to see you!!

Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats on the awards!

Mmmmm county fair corn favorite, why do they taste better at the fair?

Shay said...

Congratulations on the accolades Annie, They were well deserved.

There are certainly some talented people exhibiting in this years show- despite the fewer number of entries. That mosaic is amazing.

Kate said...

Contratulations on the awards! So very cool. Thanks for sharing the fair, very fun stuff.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Congratulations on your ribbons! Love your table runner. I haven't been to a fair in a looong time~ looks like you had a good time. Thanks for taking me along!! :-)

carol fun said...

Congratulations on you well-deserved awards! Such pretty work! I love fairs and spend most of my time in the Home Arts buildings and then off to see the livestock for a while- a great time.

Kathie said...

what a fun way to spend a day.
thanks for sharing it with us and congrats on the ribbons!

Libby said...

Congrats on the ribbons - I love going to the fair *s*

Belinda said...

Woo Hoo...You were a winner!!! I think you had some wondeful entries!
I still like the red tablerunner that won a fav!!

I always love going to fairs!!!

Tanya said...

Congratulations on getting awards!