Monday, August 18, 2014

My favorite time of year!

It is getting to be my favorite time of the year.

Which is fair time!

We are lucky to live close to one of the best annual county fairs in Illinois.

A lot of people, myself included, think its better than the state fair.

If you have ever been to a fair you know the atmosphere itself is fun.

Just the sounds and smells make me excited the minute I get there.

But the fun for me has to be all of the things you can enter.

I caught the excitement of entering over 10 years ago,
when I had a massive sunflower that I thought was a fair winner.

I have been entering ever since!

This is a few of things that I entered 2 years ago.

The canning competition is fierce!

I have never received a blue ribbon in this division,..... yet!

I am usually just happy to win  a ribbon considering
all of the entries!

The walls are lined with canned goods.
The display cabinets hold the baked goods.

The baking competition is just as competitive!

Placed 2nd for my chocolate crinkles!

And a 2nd on the blueberry bread.

It takes for ever to sort all of the veggies that look like they could be fair worthy. 

I did receive a first for my purple peppers!

My mom enters a lot of pieces in the crocheting category.

She is extremely talented at this,
and has received many blue ribbons.
Including a few best of show!

There are so many talented people that enter quilts, knitted items, and cross stitched pictures.

I could spend all day inside this building just browsing!

Right now I am pouring over the premium book
that lists all of the different categories you can enter.

Last year we were on the road pipelining and I didn't get to enter anything.

This year as I make out my list

I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will be around for the fair!

If we are,
I am going to be a busy girl getting all of my things baked, sorted and ready to be judged.

And I love every minute of it!

Do you get fair excitement?
Do you enter anything at your local fair?

I would love to hear your fair experiences!



  1. Congrats to you and your mom on the ribbons! I haven't been to a state or county fair in a loooong time, but they are fun!

    1. They are fun. So much to see and do, plus eat! lol...

  2. You made me all excited for FAIR TIME . . .
    I need to find Fair Events happening around here.
    My moon always entered items in the fair,
    Banana Cream and Lemon Pie were two entries I remember
    Plus the famous Cake Walk . . .

    Purple Peppers would be a favorite in my book too!

    1. We seem to have lots of fairs around us this time of year. Oh I remember the cake walk too!

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    1. Thanks! Its always such tough competition!

  4. What fair is it Liz??? Boy I would love to go....all of that inspiration is fantastic!!! And you winning ribbons just show how very talented you are!!! Loved this and I hope that you are able to enjoy it this year as well! Nicole xoxo

    1. It is the Sandwich fair. Not to far off of I-88. You really should go if you dont already! The beans would love all of the animals, tractors and activities. I think its get better every year!

  5. Years ago I managed a pipeline in West Virginia for my company. I was in Georgia, and we had two fellows who lived up there and did the maintenance. It was hard work for them. I gather from what I have read you and your husband move around a lot. Do you like that? My wife and I have been living in the same place up on a mountain in the Blue Ridge mountains for almost thirty years now. Before that we were in the Marines and we moved a good bit too.

    1. My husband puts in/repairs natural gas pipelines. We are usually in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, or in our home state Illinois. It is fun to travel with him. I get to explore while he works. lol... The Blue Ridge mountains would be a beautiful spot to call home. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. It's been so many years since I entered anything. This year I never even got to the fair. I'll have to think about it for next year. I hope you win a blue ribbon on canning soon.

    1. It wont be this year, I didnt enter any canned goods! lol...

  7. Oh how I wish we had a fair to visit!! Looks like it would be so much fun!!! Good luck this year.....if they judged on your personality you would win first place every time...:) :) :)

    1. Awwww...thanks! Wish you had a fair close to you! They are so much fun!