Friday, October 22, 2010

The State Fair

It's that time of year!

We went to the North Carolina State Fair on Thursday with my sister and her husband. It was Food Hunger Relief Day and that's the day you bring four cans of Food Lion food and get in free. All the canned food benefits the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

The Award Winning Blue Ribbon Pumpkin this year happened to weigh 846 pounds! That's one big pumpkin!

Galen, my dearest hubby, entered his "John Deere" wooden marble chaser toy in the Hobbies and Crafts Competition. He won 2nd prize! A red ribbon.

And, our daughter, Jen, entered the Web Design Competion and won 3rd prize!

Here's Galen, below, and you can see the green marble chaser in the background with the red ribbon.

I loved seeing all the colorful produce. The large watermelon below weighed over 200 pounds.

And what would a fair be without all that delicious fair food...we had yummy Italian sausages, french fries, funnel cakes, apple fritters, and homemade ice cream.

We checked out the Live Stock.

The goats were adorable....
and so were these sheep.

At the Folk Festival Tent we enjoyed some blue grass music, fiddlers, and dancers.

We watched the Racing Pigs and Goats.
I wanted to bring one of these little pot bellied pigs home with me.

And, the favorite part. The mums were gorgeous.

I'd like to have one of these red bottle trees in my back yard.

One area of the Gardens had some fun and unusual garden art lamps that were bird feeders.
So clever whimsical!

And we took a few photos of us.

My sister and me on the BIG chair. We felt like Lillian Thomlin.

And........last but not least, the carved pumpkin heads.


ritad said...

What a great fair! Looks like fun.

Rina ... also Chester or Daisysmum. said...

Hi Donna, What a lovely fair to go to. Congratulations too all your winners. I love the craved pumpkin heads, they just so cute. and that chair is huge ....

Happy@Home said...

Ever since I moved to NC I've wanted to go to the state fair. Haven't made it yet, but after seeing your post I want to go more than ever. It looks like a nice one and your pictures are all so good. Love the one of you and your sister in the big chair.
Congratulations to your hubby and daughter on their awards.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a great day! And, what a great fair. You have such a nice garden section in your fair, sadly ours is very pathetic. Love the pictures...especially the one in the chair.

Ruth Welter said...

Lovely photos Donna, love the pumpkin heads...fairs are the best.


Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

Didn't you LOVE it?!! I enlarged a few of your photos looking for myself! Hubby & I took our grandchildren Thursday and we were right there where many of your pictures were taken!

Deborah in Raleigh

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW! A LOT of BIG things at the Fair!!!
Hope you have a FAB weekend!

Zuzana said...

I recall the state fair, a highlight of my autumns while living in NC;) Thank you for bringing back lovely memories with your beautiful pictures.;)

Angie said...

That looks like an awesome fair, Donna! I loved 'seeing' it with you...and I would want to bring one of each of the critters home with me. :) Love the photos of you and hubby, and that an adorable photo of you and your seester in that GIANT chair! :D Congratuations to your super-creative family on their wins! :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

oh my goodness Donna...we are cracking up at that picture of you and your sis on that chair...that is THE BEST!!!
Loved seeing those watermelons...NEVER have we seen any that big before...pumpkins, yes, watermelons no!!
Love your new's lucious - can a border be lucious? well, if it can, your's is for sure!! Have a great week!

jenn said...

i love the fair! we went every year when we were kids....