August 25, 2009

Country Fair Coming Soon To A Blog Near You

I am joining my girls, Kaitlin at Kitti Kat Korner and Brianna at By the Way in their Summer Challenge, One Thing I Did This Week. The idea was to get young bloggers more involved in writing by posting a picture and journaling about one thing they did each week during the summer. Their blogs are private so you will need to leave me a comment requesting an invite to your email address if you would like to stop by and check out the others or to join in your self.

I am a blogger and young at heart so here it goes. One thing I did this week was help the girls design their outfits that they will make to enter in the fair.

And then we spent hours at Joann's choosing the perfect fabric and notions. After cutting about 20 yards of various fabrics for us we became buddies with Bridget.

And then I helped cut out a few pieces so we could reclaim the dining table for dinner.

Why do you ask? Because the fair is a big deal around here. Not just to us. But to the whole county. School still closes every year on the fourth Friday every September so the children can attend the fair. Our fair is still very agricultural based. The main events involve judging of farm animals that will later be auctioned and slaughtered.

My family sure enjoys all that. But what we love most of all is the household entries. All through the summer there is talk of what will be entered into this years competition. Jams, cookies, cars, boats, pickles and of course sewing projects. I am proud of my children's effort each year and their creative and can do spirit. That is definitely something I lacked and have learned from them over the years.

Kat at Heart 2 Heart left the following comment on my peach canning post.

"I wish we could all get together and just have a good old fashioned county fair with all the goodies people make from scratch, can, and even the crafts that others sew, knit or even photograph. It would be an all time event of a life time. Bloggers County Fair."

And so you know, I got to thinking. I have seen a lot of creative ladies here in blog world. Some sew. Some draw. Some write poetry. Some are amazing with cameras. Others with a pie. Why not have a country fair, bloggy style?

So here is what I have in mind. Our fair starts on the 18th of September. Unfortunately, our family will be missing it this year. We usually plan to leave for our vacation after the first weekend of the fair. Ours local fair runs from a Friday to the Sunday of the following week. That way we can be here for the judging. But we had some difficult scheduling issues because of other travel and work plans this fall.

On September 14th I will put up my Country Fair post highlighting my entry into our local county fair. I will also put up a blog hop link for you to enter you link.

You photograph your sewing, canning, painting, drawing, photography, baking, building, scrapbooking, needlepoint, knitting, cross stitching, etc...masterpiece and post it on your blog. You can explain your entry with some journaling or just put up your picture. Brianna will shortly be coming up with the html link for the banner below so you can add it to the top of your post.

Then stop by here and get instructions and the code to add the MckLinky blog hop to your post. You may enter any time after September 14th until I return from my vacation on October 7th.

Now, when we return from vacation there are usually prize checks waiting for us in the back log of mail. So to make it a little more fun I thought I would add some prizes that make us think of the country fairs. Off the top of my head I have a candy apple making kit, a caramel apple making kit and a jar of my prize winning jam. I will be thinking of other ideas over the course of the next month or so. When we return from vacation I will be putting everyone who entered the link on the blog hop into the drawing. You can link up to an old post that fits the bill, too.

I think this will be a lot of fun if we can get a number of bloggers involved. So I will give an extra entry to anyone who posts an "advertisement" about the fair or adds the button from my side bar to your side bar between now and September 14th. Don't forget to stop by this post and leave me a comment that you posted or put up the button so I can enter you in the drawing.

Country Fair

Leave me a comment and let me know if you might be interested in participating. You could also leave me a comment with any prize ideas you may have. Sounds like fun, right?

Get those posts ready because I can't wait to see you at the fair!


  1. oh that does sound like fun!!! I will definitely plan to participate!!

  2. Kat,

    Well what do you know! You did it. You took this idea and completely ran with it. I simply love it. You know I will be participating and I plan on talking about it tomorrow in my blog. For today, the button goes up!

    This is bound to be a barrel of fun rolled into one!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. Oh, that sounds like a lot of fun! My two oldest girls and I are entering a couple of items each in our local fair this year. It's our first year to do so. I'd love to be involved in your fair. I'll put the button on my sidebar.

  4. Aww. The Fair! We went a couple times when we lived in Mt. Airy. It was a lot of fun and I loved that they gave the kids the day off of school in the area.. so glad to hear they still do it!

  5. You already know I love this idea, and that I'm in!
    Luv Ya!

  6. That sounds like so much fun! Too bad we don't have a county fair here...well one that is close to us anyways! I sometimes wished we lived in a smaller community to enjoy those fun times!

  7. Thanks for the invite, Kat! I definitely want to participate. Have a great evening. I'll be back :)

  8. Great idea! Now, If only I could sew, cook, can or something! I can't wait to check it out.

  9. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I'm perty crafty if I do say so mu'self! What could I muster up? Hmmmm.

    I'll have to get ta thinkin! =0)

  10. This sounds like a fun idea. I will think of something to join in too. I will be on vacation during part of the same time that you will be gone. So, I need to come up with something before hand. I'm thinking....

  11. I think this is a great idea!!!! I'm sure you will have alot of crafty women joining you on this! I would, but I'm totally not crafty. However, I do admire other peoples work, so I know I'll be back to check out your links!!

  12. Cute idea, and I would join if I did any crafts! I hope you will post pictures of your daughter's creations later. Can't wait!

  13. Oh how fun! I will add your button to my blog and I am so in! Gonna enter my canned spagetti sauce!!!

  14. Mama,
    "Meet me in St. Louie, Louie, Meet me at the Fair!..." Count me in!!!!

  15. Sounds fantabulous! (my homemade word today)

    We just dropped off some crafts for our local fair yesterday......YEEHAW!

  16. This sounds like so much fun! I missed being involved in county fairs! I can't wait to see all the entries and the prizes sound pretty tasty, too!

    I'm lookin' forward to it!!

  17. I would love to see all the crafts...this girl is not crafty at all. I wish I was talented like that. I can't wait to see all the fun stuff!

  18. Count me in! What an awesome idea! I wish one ounce of your creativity!!! ;-) I look forward to seeing everyone's entries!!!

  19. Sounds fun! Add me to the list, please! :)

  20. Such a great idea!

    I've got a post up ( promoting your fair!

    Now, I've just got to figure out what I'm going to enter for the fair...

  21. I am going to participate, visiting from Life in the Carpool Lane's blog.
    I will link up and even offer a giveaway. Thank you so much, nice to meet you and my best for a wonderful vacation.

  22. I need to start a blog just so I can enter!!

  23. Hello Sweet Lady!

    I put up my entries... Hope you enjoy them!

    Can't wait to see what other folks enter!

  24. Wow, this sounds like a blast! If I can figure out how to do all the html stuff, I'm in! Unless, of course, a brain is required for this kind of activity, in which case I'll have to bypass 'go' and head directly to Oz.