Sunday, September 14, 2008

Oklahoma's Great State Fair

Bright lights, crisp cool air, the aroma of grilled onions intermingled with peppers and beef, silver dollar cinamon rolls, blue ribbons, beautifully groomed livestock....yes the Great State Fair of Oklahoma has arrived.
Yesterday was a little rainy at times but it was the perfect day to go to the Fair. We enjoyed walking through the livestock buildings and watching the 4~H and FFA kids showing their prize animals. They were beautifully groomed right down to the pigs. We reminisced of days that Danny showed his pigs at the fair when he was in FFA and how much the fair grounds have improved over the years.
There were clydsedale horses that stood so tall and proud, sheared sheep, and a petting area for all the kids to learn about farm animals. In one area we even saw a young man holding a baby kangaroo.
Of course you could see and hear about all the latest gadgets, tools, cooking wares, handmade signs, and more. We stopped to watch the lumber jacks as they held contest to see who could cut their logs the quickest. The log races are always a hit as they stand on top of the logs and try to roll each other off into the water.
We watched the pig races and rock climbing and then we went down the midway to see all the games with the huge stuffed animal prizes. There were rides of all kinds...some would take you high into the air and then just drop! Rides that would spin you upside down and side to side. Giant ferris wheels, roller coasters, and fun houses light up the night skies.
We shared a corn dog, funnel cake, turkey leg and we each had a jug of rootbeer. There was so much food to choose from it was hard to decide.
Buildings were filled with handmade crafts, homegrown pumpkins, jams, jellies, breads, cookies, and cakes that had been judged in their categories. Ribbons of blue, red, and yellow were placed on the winners in each event.
My sister Jane and my Mom entered several of their items in the cooking categories and each of them won ribbons and prize money. Jane took home two 1st ribbons in the Fleishman yeast categories with a whopping $250.00. Mom received 3rd place for her delicious pear relish.
My 8 year old niece Mandy entered a pillowcase she made and won 3rd place. She will be back next Saturday with her big sister Erin to enter in the kid's cooking contest.
My needle punch Mr. Pennyworth came in 1st place and has a big blue ribbon along with $50.00 in prize money....Looks like I will have some spending money for more wool goodies!
We had a great time at the fair. We came home tired but had a wonderful day together at the Great State Fair of Oklahoma!

Happy Trails....Ginger


Terri said...

Sounds like fun, Ginger! Congrats on your blue ribbon!!!

Sherry said...

WOW Ginger how lucky you are to have all your family around to have all this fun!!!!!
AND CONGRATS on the blue ribbon,you know I think your work ALWAYS desrves a blue ribbon!!!!!

primitivebettys said...

I just KNEW you would win!!!!! :)