Day 123: Brass N’ Camo


Alright, I give. I don’t remember the real band name. But they were basically brass and an impressive set of drums.
We didn’t have time to hear their who’s set but I enjoyed hearing their brassy instrumentals.
As you can see they were a military band and very talented. They played in the Cloverville wing at the fair and followed up a troop of kids that did interpretive hand motions and tap dancing while singing. The kids were odd.

After we enjoyed a bit of the music we moved on and out of the 4-H exhibits.

Day 122: Small art


Some of the non-functional art was really petty as well.
The above really struck me just because of what this kid used to make to make the owl.
Thd owl is rolled up pieces of cardboard! How cool is that? Definitely a winner in my book.


The book page flowers were also very cool. I’m not sure what they did to dye the pages but the construction of these delicate flowers was awesome. The dye was light enough that the words on the petals were easy to are. Reminded me a bit of the duct tape roses I have made.


The final piece I really liked in this area of the 4-H displays was this little acorn top ball. Not sure what they used as a based for the ball but one could easily buy a styrofoam ball at the craft store.
I was sad this one only got a white award. I plan on making one and finding a way to affix a string to make a Christmas tree ornament.

Day 121: State Fair Embroidery


This was one of the cutest embroidery samples in the 4-H division. I wasn’t overly impressed with what i saw in the adult entires so I forgot to take pictures.

The above is reminiscent of a pattern you might see on a quilt because the embroidered bits are around the edges and more acting as a frame for the cloth.
I do like that this person took the care to get the veins in the wings and antennae stitched out. Very striking for a little pillow.


This strawberry sampler was my other favorite in the 4-H section
Just because I think the subject matter is delectable. I fear the typical way kids learn about embroidery is by way of older folks who are stuck in the vintage pattern rut and will never leave.
Thank goodness these precious little strawberries aren’t humanoid freaks.

Would it be weird if I offered to teach embroidery to a 4-H group? I would love to take them some contemporary patterns. Even if it is Justin B. It will be more applicable than dancing veggies.

I’m not doing this kid a solid. Have I mentioned I love this fruit sampler!? It really is well done redwork. You can tell s/he put some serious work into it. I would like to know what their backwork looks like but every inch there was a NO TOUCH sign.

Day 120: 4-H exhibits


Cloverville was the part of one wing devoted to 4-H projects.
Some of the photography and paintings were not bad. Most of the folkart was uninspired but I will share a favorite here.

Above is the horseshoe bootrack. The stand was made almost entirely of horseshoes. The crossbar was a piece of rebar. The whole thing was painted black.
This was easily Kit’s favorite household art piece.

There were several entires for table setting and message boards—two categories I had no clue existed.


Most of the clothing looked like ancient maccall patterns but this dress really spoke to me. The size was so tiny that the back didn’t zip on the manakin. The little seamstress that put this together must be quite petite. I would pay her to make one in my size. Beautiful simple dress.

Coming up, more state fair pix:

       Embroidery (4-H)
       Bees and their products
       Decorative cakes
       Ugly lamps contest

Day 118: State Fair


Yeehaw! Tickets to the state fair!
Kit and I went yesterday to the fair and enjoyed it heartily with one exception.
Kit was sorely disappointed that the cattle were transitioning and he wasn’t allowed in the west wing. Since we raise cattle he loves too see all the show cows and bulls.
He was somewhat placated by the Boer goats and was kind enthused by the apiary displays.

I have to admit the honeycomb and pale yellow to deep brown jars of honey were very beautiful.

I surprised myself when I enjoyed some of the 4-H displays. There were tons of handicrafts, photography and some plants/insects.
The embroidery entries were pittifully small. I wish to teach all the 4-H kids embroidery! And to stitch things that aren’t just lame vintage patterns. Stitch what you like not just what you can find in a store bargin bin.

The embroidery pieces in the adult competitions were not much more impressive. There was a huge section of counted cross stitch. Poo-poo.
There was some cool woodwork and leather work but not as much as I remember.
The ugly lamp contest was neat. None of the ones I liked were winners but all the same the judges may have been looking for something else.

The counties were a breeze of “How y’all doin’ ” salutations and signing up for gift baskets we won’t win. However I did run into this really sweet couple who must have been interpreters or just really loved their area. I asked why their county brochure said “babies” on it and found out Leslie county has a long history of midwifery and educating ladies to become midwives. Makes me want to visit their town and school.

More to come as I have more pictures to share from my state fair adventures.