The Mountain State Fair Round-Up
The kids look forward to entering the fair every year. Last year when we finalized our plans to relocate that was one of the things they asked about- is there a fair? So we searched online and found it- the Mountain State Fair. Close by, tons of categories and pretty similar to the TN Valley Fair they had entered in the previous 2 years. When it came time to submit entries, they went big- Rylan entered close to 20 categories. Cale and Cohen entered around 13. And Lakin qualified to entered the participation group so he entered 3 things.
Drop off day was last Tuesday and Wednesday, so they had been working hard on their entries everyday. Here is what they entered:
Art: Colored pencil, oil pastel, water color and tempera paint
Crafts: Christmas Decoration, recycled craft, any other craft, pottery
Baking: Decorated cupcakes, drop cookies, pie, yeast bread
Art: Colored pencil, tempera paint, crayon
Crafts: Christmas decoration, sculpture, recycled, metal craft, pottery and any other
Baking: Decorated cupcakes, rolled cookies, old fashion fudge, any other baked item
Art: Crayon, oil pastel
Photography: Color animal. color plants/flower, B&W plant/flower, B&W animal
Agriculture: Banana peppers (he did sign up for more, but our garden didn't cooperate this year)
Crafts: Christmas ornaments, paper craft
Baking: Decorated cupcakes, yeast rolls, cupcakes, muffins, pie and any other baked item
Lakin had 6 categories to choose from and he entered art, jewelry and crafts.
I must say that the baking portion is the most stressful. With 14 items and one kitchen it got a little hectic. But because of the location, later drop off times and the items the kids chose to make we were able to stretch the baking from Monday afternoon-Wednesday morning and still make the deadline. But there were 3 batches of cupcakes, Rylan's cheesecake and garlic bread sticks, a pumpkin pie, a peanut butter pie, pumpkin muffins, spice cookies, chocolate chip cookies, honey oatmeal bread, 1 batch of botched fudge and another that set, and soft pretzels! And that is a lot. Plus bagging, tagging and printing recipes for each one. And next year Lakin gets to join in on the baking fun!
We did take a trip on Friday to check out the fair- so they did get to see if their entries won. But we didn't see all of them so I will wait to unveil the winning entries until next Monday when we go to pick up their stuff!