We can’t let this week go by without mentioning the St. Lawrence County Fair in Gouverneur. It’s on through August 5th. I have fond memories of exhibiting at the Anoka County Fair in my home state, Minnesota.
I was active in my local 4-H club — the Northwest Sunnysiders — and remember loading the pickup with crates of ducks, chickens, roosters (for the crowing contest) and rabbits. This is me in the mid-70’s with “Captain”, who won a blue ribbon that year:
One year, I got a first-place blue ribbon for my vegetable garden exhibit. That meant if the local Grand Champion or Reserve Champion couldn’t attend the State Fair, I would go. I got the call about a week before the State Fair in St. Paul and assembled my collection of veggies from the garden — tomatoes, beets, onions, summer squash, beans, potatoes. It was lots of fun staying in a dormitory on the fair grounds with 4-Hers from all over the state. But not so fun when the judge informed me that potatoes weren’t allowed at the state level and I was given a white ribbon. Guess I was so excited I didn’t read the fine print.
Live and learn.