A couple years ago, I wrote about visiting the Grundy County Fair. This year, I went to the Butler County Fair in Allison, Iowa. I probably missed the most interesting events (There are rumors of concerts, rodeos, races, and demolition derbies), but I'll give you a glimpse of what I did see.
One of the best parts of visiting the fair this year in June was seeing one of my sisters, Charity, win a blue ribbon, plus a grand champion ribbon, on her pencil drawing of a neighbor boy.
Charity is an incredibly talented artist. With her kind permission, I've included a couple more of her portraits below. Can you recognize the people depicted? If you're looking for someone to draw your or a family member's portrait, be sure to look Charity up!
My youngest sister, who sometimes sells pies to neighbors, brought a couple of pies to the fair's pie contest. She won blue ribbons for both, but didn't snag the Grand Champion title, which, in my opinion, means she should keep practicing her pie-baking skills all year in order to perfect them. I do realize that will mean I will have to help her evaluate her tries, but I'm willing to make that sacrifice as a loving and caring elder sister.
Above, the judges prepare to test my sister's Santiago Chocolate Cream Pie.
Congrats to both of my sisters!
There were gorgeous quilts, as well as flowers, photography, and ribbon-decked vegetables that had already begun to wilt. There were a couple businesses selling this and that out of tents and trailers, and other businesses, as well as the Republicans and Democrats, had stands to advertise in another building. The model train set-up caught my eye.
One fairgrounds building was dedicated to 4-H club projects. Some of the projects were very impressive. A couple clubs' displays are shown above.
There were many old tractors, as well as a 1948 Willys Jeep.
Due to avian influenza in the state, there were no poultry exhibits this year, but we enjoyed seeing the other animals.
This garden on the fairgrounds had some neat trellises. I enjoyed my time at the Butler County Fair!