Monday, September 04, 2006

The County Fair

Let me preface this by saying, I am NOT a country girl. Dirt, dust, pigs, cows, sheep, etc., are not really my bag, though I've lived in rural Arkansas for 14 years. BUT, I HAVE to attend the local county fair, for two reasons. One, the child usually enters artwork; and two, I will ride carnival terror rides with her friends. I end up being "the parent" with a passle of preteen girls in tow, giggling and screaming right along with them, doing my best not to throw up. I actually entered the crafts exhibit once, winning first place with my handcrafted Victorian Christmas ornament. These fair folks MUST know what they're doing.

This is the child's first year not to enter with a "class" of school kids. She has won in her class a few times, as she is artistically inclined. This year, she is entering a pencil drawing and the photograph you see here. She took this on a whim, during our vacation. She said she didn't even notice the clouds when she took it.

I'm also looking forward to viewing other exhibits, especially since Songbird and her mom usually sweep the cut flower competitions. Plus, I have found a farm animal that I can call "cute." GLITTER SHEEP!! The locals girls spray the sheeps' wool with some sort of glitter that even makes their stench more tolerable (the sheep, not the girls). I'm sure to share more, after my 2006 Polk County Fair experience. Stay tuned.

12 comments:

SongBird said...

Good luck to Amber with her art entries! Alas, Mom nor I plan to enter a single flower in the flower show. The summer was simply too dry and hot and our flowers just aren't up to the judges' specifications. I have some pretty blooms, but they aren't as big or perfect as they need to be for competition.

Swampwitch said...

I think a BLUE RIBBON or GRAND CHAMPION is waiting for your daughter. That is a spectacular photograph. Be sure to let us know.

momto3cubs said...

Good luck to your daughter! I love the photo!

I just found your website through Ree's, and enjoyed it. My life is so different--3 little boys instead of one daughter! Three stops to make each morning between 8:15am and 8:30am, LOL! Like you, I'm not a morning person, so this school year will be rough! Nice getting to work earlier though.

Swampwitch said...

Leaving for a week and just checking in on the ZIT ???How's it doing?

Tiggerlane said...

swampwitch --- it is in this weird peeling phase. It is MUCH smaller now, just a tiny bump. No soreness, but odd bumpiness and peeling skin all around. Like automatic microdermabrasion.

Thanks for checking!!!

Swampwitch said...

Next time, I suggest using the bacon fat :) :) ...takes care of all that peeling...glad it's better...Thanks for "entering" the contest...GLOBBERS will hear from me 09-14.

Shauna said...

How funny! "Glitter Sheep"! I raised and showed sheep growing up. . .I guess I never thought they smelled. . .LOL

Good luck to your daughter on her entries!

I feel for you and your stomach as you are riding the rides!

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Angelina said...

That picture is really good! I enjoyed reading your take on going to County Fairs, it's different than mine which makes it quite interesting. I'm the mom who never goes on the rides.

Good luck to your daughter's entries!

Karmyn R said...

(I just left this comment -but blogger puked. I'll try to remember what I said again.)

I have NEVER turned in anything to a fair! My hubby thinks I should enter my raspberry jam - but I would be heartbroken if it didn't meet blue ribbon standards!!!

And - as far as football goes. Yes, we women fans are far and few, but we do exist! And, no, I don't just watch it for the Tight-ends! I like some of their faces too!

Which Manning brother? Hmmm...Peyton was suppose to have his day last year. I suspect he is going to be like Dan Marino - be awesome, but never win a superbowl. Maybe Eli will surpass them all. But, I still think the best looking football player award goes to Shaun Alexander. Go Seahawks!

Jessica said...

Wow - I, too, love that picture!

Susan in va said...

That REALLY is an amazing photo - the clouds was the first thing I noticed! I've never seen anything like that before! I bet she wins a prize for that one :)

Desert Songbird said...

Isn't it funny how we will casually snap a photo and not notice some of the things that make the composition really spectacular. Great, great photo -- the clouds really make it POP. Good luck to Amber!

I started a photoblog - the Project 365 thing. I'm not a photographer, but I really wanted to challenge myself.

GO COLTS!!!!!

Glad to see you're posting more often -- I love reading your stuff.