The fair will begin winding down on Labor Day so we have two more fun days ahead of us. It's been teriffic seeing customers from the store and those who returned to visit us at the fair last year. The weather's been beautiful, the crowds brisk and full and there's always been something new to see this year. Love the fair!
This map is in the newspaper museum at Heritage Square. It's made of printer's type so very appropriate to the building. When you visit, make sure you read through all of the notes regarding the First Amendment. It's a huge reminder about the one big freedom we enjoy in the United States ... the freedom of speech ... to be able to say what we feel without the fear of retaliation. I know I've taken it for granted so reading through some of the displays in the museum really made me stop and think! Reflection is good for the soul.
One of the cool things about being a vendor at the fair is hearing the back stories of the others who sell there. Next to us is Eagle's Wings Jewelry, owned by Tammi and her dad Phil from Scottsdale AZ. They make all their own silver jewerly, hiring 20+ silversmiths who work in their facilities in Scottsdale. They also have a store and do a lot of shows across the country. Man ... do they have a schedule. Tammi told me in January she begins laying out all of their airline and hotel reservations for the many shows they do. She left yesterday for the LA County Fair and her dad will jump in the car tomorrow night and drive across the country to join her. They have beautiful things and now that I know that they make it themselves, it seems even more special.
Found another ribbon winner ... this one for the baby quilt award. Please don't ask where it was ... I have no clue how I stumbled on to it!
I thought this mosaic on the outside of the east wall of the food building outstanding! I've always had a special feeling for mosaic and always enjoy looking at anything made in with this technique. Each of the letters depicts some other scene or symbol from Minnesota. This was one of the few seconds I found that didn't have someone up close examining it!
A close up of the M ... the names of the states are written on either side of the piece.
Over on the west side of the food building is Norman. He's been there ever since I can remember ... I was totally fascinated by him when I was three and four and twenty ... and beyond. This mechanical man interested me a lot more than the taffy he pulled but from the buckets of it that people buy, it must be spectacular!
Another site from my childhood? The 4-H Building! This was where we all wanted to be when we won awards at the county fair ... there's a huge dorm up on the top floor. 4-H taught me a lot ... it's where I learned to talk in front of a group, demonstrate what I know, make things ... all skills that help me every day. It's great seeing lots of kids taking those steps, too ... and seeing how 4-H continues to change with the times.
One last shot ... the quilts on display made by 4-H'ers. Quilting is alive and vibrant and will continue to remain strong if these quilters keep on stitching! There are beautiful quilts in this building so be sure to visit.