State fair was a little different for us this year. Dancer started school and wasn't able to bring a project this year, but she still wanted to be able to go to the the fair. To make this work we had to work around her class schedule and Spark needed to attend the encampment (where the county buses the kids to the fair and they stay in the 4-H Hilton on the fair grounds). He went down the day before us and we dropped him off for the bus. I don't know if he was more excited or I was more nervous. The next day we picked Dancer up from school and headed down, which was an adventure all on it's own. It took us almost as long to find a parking spot as it did to drive there.
Spark did great, he earned a blue ribbon for his pelargonium. The judge said she wasn't impressed with his plant, but she was impressed with his in-depth knowledge of it.
Our county also had a team in the "Chef for a Day" competition. The kids get an hour of instruction and then they have half and hour to prepare a salad with meat for the judges. It is similar to the t.v. show "Chopped."
I took the two pictures above and then had my phone in my purse. The only other picture I snapped the whole day was of Paul Bunyan made out of recycled goods. We will just have to remember the rest in our minds like in the good old days.