Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More About the Tomato Show . . .

Here are some more pics from the Fair. Dad's fish won People's Choice in the woodcarving category. This is his largest carving to date (a large iguana is in the works) and he's so proud of it. Isn't it beautiful?! Most people think that it is a taxidermy mount when they see it for the first time. He's also carved a Bluegill for me that is equally amazing.

Elizabeth also won a People's Choice ribbon (actually, she and Dad each won two ribbons) for her woodcarving of Roy Rogers' boot. This was in the original design category. That means that she did not have a book or pattern to make it with. She actually just had a picture of Roy sitting on a fence with half of his boot showing. She carved it from a solid block of wood and then did all of the painting herself. Wonderful sister that she is --- she gave it to me for my birthday!

As for their other two ribbons: Dad won in the fly-tying category and Elizabeth won in the Jewelry & Beading category. She made a vase of beaded flowers (it is a large hyacinth and some kind of daisies). Gorgeous aren't they!? Dad's flies are all classic bass flies from patterns from the 1890s. I was so happy that those won, as they are going to be my Christmas present! Yay! What a great Pop!

Here are some assorted pics of the fair outside of our building. The top three are the vegetable tent where all of the vegetables, canned goods, baked goods and tomatoes are displayed. That is me standing next to the prize-winning "largest" pumpkin. It weighed 173 pounds! The next picture is of Mom with some of the canned goods that we entered: watermelon pickles and . . . something. The last two pics are of the "main strip" of the fair. They close the highway through the center of town and put all of the concessions and rides on it. We also have an arts and crafts show and a parade on Saturday.

Well, this should bring you all up to date on what's been going on around here this last week. Upcoming/current adventures include re-modeling the hallway and stairway. Dad spent the whole time while we were at the fair up on scaffolding stripping wallpaper and priming the walls. He's also been cutting some wainscotting to go up along with the banisters.

This weekend we are planning on going to the Wool Gathering in Southern Ohio for a day. We've been waiting for this for almost a year! I am really looking forward to getting some felting supplies and new roving colors. I'll post pictures next week. You can check the show out here: http://www.awoolgathering.com/

Just click on the pics to enlarge them. More later . . .

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