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“Well I was born in a small town. And I live in a small town…Probably die in a small town, Oh those small communities.”

The words to John Mellancamp’s hit song have been running through my head the past few nights as I’ve spent hours at the county fair. Small town fun really describes what we’ve been doing!

Tuesday of the fair was always my busiest. During my 4H tenure, I showed my hogs in the swine show in the morning and did dress review in the evening. Clothing and Swine were my favorite projects and the ones I was fortunate to excel in.  In fact, while in the Project Building, I found a picture hanging on an alumni wall showing myself and a trophy from Dress Review.  I was always pretty lucky when I modeled. Must have been the exceptionally big hair that convinced the judges I was worthy enough to advance to the State Fair competitions. I’m second from your right. In a lovely wool, purple dress. This was my 10th year of 4H, I think. My sister is standing next to me in a blue wool coat. Not sure why we both made things that caused us to smother during the fair.

Tuesday’s at the fair haven’t changed. I stopped in the swine barn to check out the winning hogs and spent the evening at the Dress Review. My Mom has sewed for the kids and enjoys modeling with them.  I get to emcee the whole evening and love doing that!

This year Mom made matching pink camo pants and white shirts for herself and the girls and black camo pants for the Lion Cub. I thought they looked so cute! Mom also made an outfit just for Panda to model. Watch out future Dress Review competitors, this young lady knows how to hit her marks and smile!
In my biased opinion, I believed my Mom deserved Champion for her efforts. But she went home instead with a blue ribbon. She doesn’t care. She sews outfits to help with the Adult numbers. She wants the Adult show to continue so she makes things for the girls to model so their will be competitors.  I, on the other hand, am fiercely competitive and want her to win!

This morning was the Beef Show. Tonight, the track is featuring some vehicles trying to destroy other vehicles. Should be interesting. And I know The Farmer will be there to keep things running smoothly.  Maybe I’ll stay home and catch up on laundry!


  1. Too cute! 🙂

  2. My mom didn’t sew but had friends/family that did so there are some great shots of me and my sisters in matching jumpsuits in the early 80s! The kiddos look adorable.

  3. Haha those pants are really cute yet!

    and yes should have won!


  4. Love it and I have many of the same memories. You are going to have to give me some tips on having a fair so early as ours will be this week in June for the next 3 years starting next year. Yikes!

  5. We just had a fair board meeting last night. Ours is one of the last, July 21-25. Not sure if I’m glad it’s still in the future or wishing it was all done now! Your weather is turning out great for the end of the week! Enjoy!

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