Yes once again it is county fair time. I love the fair. I don;t exactly know why. Maybe the colors and the constant activity feed my ADD. Maybe it is the people and friends I have made at the fair. They are not obsessed or very impressed by power, prestige and wealth. They value family and friends. Maybe it is just that it is a time when I feel connected to creativity and a valuing of handcrafts and cooking. I really don't know what draws me to the fair, but it is a week I revel in.
This year there is a bitter sweet aspect to the fair. There are a lot of people I only see t fair time. People that know me as part of a family and part of a couple. When they inquire about the kids I have an answer; other questions I don't have a ready answer for. This takes a bit of fun out of the fair. I will not let it ruin this coming week!
It's possible this will be my last fair so I will make the most of it. I have entered my projects. Yes, I hope they do well in the judging compitition, ut if they don't that;s ok also. It's just fun having them as part of the fair. I am still working with 4-H. I've already put in 8 hours yesterday and Saturday will be the real fun; baked goods! Oh I remeber the days of a kitchen gone mad preparing 4-H baked goods entries. At least now when I come home on Saturday night my kitchen will be clean. I kind of miss the mess of that last minute baking spree though.
Sunday will be the opening of the buildings. Then I can see how my entries did do. Then there will be the parade and the cake auction. I don;t plan to purchase any cakes. They will be well beyond my budget, but it is fun watching the kids proudly carry their blue ribbon cakes around the ring as the bids climb...$100....$200..$500 and sometimes even $1000.
Next week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I will have the privledge of listening to 4-H present demonstrations on topics ranging from crafts and cooking to science and technology. I always leave with hope that there is a new generation that will safely take us into the future. Values still do exisit in America and there is hope for our future. It can be found at the Montgomery County Fair and I'm sure at county and state fairs around the country.
Yes it will be a bittersweet week, but it will be a great week. My only wi sh isthat when I came home at night I had someone to share the events of the day with and that it would be someone that could share in my love and enjoyment of the Montgomery County Fair!