Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cambry's Week!

While Cambry has been in 4-H for 3 years, we haven't ever been too involved in the Marion Co. Fair.  Last year, we left for vacation right after her foods/clothing judging, and the year before that, she only had 1 project.  This year, however, we have been back and forth to Hillsboro all week!

Tuesday:  Cambry had her foods and clothing judging.  Here are her results for her three baked items:
Zucchini Muffins - blue ribbon
Soft Molasses Cookies - purple ribbon.  This was her very first purple ribbon in her three years of 4-H.  And, coincidentally, I took this very same recipe when I was ten years old.  We didn't realize it was the same recipe until after the fact!
Banana Almond Bread - blue ribbon 

The judge is pointing out some things about the banana bread
Then, onto her clothing construction judging - she got a purple ribbon.  This was surprising given the fact that she took off the waistband twice, then melted part of the finished waistband with the iron, and made a completely new waistband.  What a process!

Elyse Boden was the judge's assistant
 After conferencing with the first judge, she then had to put the pants on and model them - checking for fit and style.  Even though the judge deemed flip flops unworthy of modeling in, and thought the outfit should be dressier - Cambry got reserve champion for the style review portion!  We decided the judge must have liked how the pants fit!  We were certainly proud of Cambry for persevering throughout the whole sewing and judging process!

There were more girls who sewed outfits, but not everyone
chooses to do the modeling portion.

Friday:  Cambry chose to also be in the visual arts project this year.  This meant she could take up to 6 items for judging on Friday.  She opted to only take three - all of which had been done in art class during the school year - with a little tweaking to one of them.  The results were 1 red, 1 blue, and 1 purple.  An even bigger surprise came after the parade. Cambry was walking through the 4-H Building and saw that her "purple" picture had received Reserve Grand Champion!

The judge examining her Meadowlark (blue)

Haiku picture (red)
 Friday night we returned for the parade.  Surprisingly, our 4-H Club was the only one with a float this year.  Sigh...  The fair has decreased so much since I was a 4-Her.  No bands, hardly any floats, mostly farm equipment.  But there was still candy!

Petting Zoo - baby rabbits are so cute!
The sheep were lined up ready for showing

Delaney even got a pony ride!
Even though there is no carnival, there were bouncy houses set up.
Delaney and Amily enjoyed this obstacle course!
It felt like a really busy week, and we don't even show any animals!  We were very proud of Cambry's work, and she was quite proud of herself - she really gained some confidence this week, and that is what it's all about!  No matter how the ribbons end up, she is gaining experience, perseverance, confidence, and leadership.  And that is what we are trying to instill in her!

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