Sunday, August 30, 2009

Arlington County Fair

So if you do something twice can you call it a tradition? I think the Arlington County Fair has become one of ours. It's a small fair - no animals besides pony rides and a small petting zoo - but Arlington is a small county. Doesn't mean we can't have a decent fair.

We went over two Saturday mornings ago. Hit the petting zoo, bought some tickets, did the obligatory kiddie rides. Both girls have really matured since last year and actually thought the rides were fun. Nice to not feel like we wasted our money (even though the whole thing is a rip-off, it's relative.)
Got some lunch - it's never as good as it looks or smells or costs, but again, all part of the experience. Got some ice cream for the girls and let them play on the playground while Ed went in the big hall to look at the booths and exhibits.
I had already been in the big hall earlier that week to check on my baked entries. Did I mention I entered some things in the fair? I have a friend who's won a few ribbons, and encouraged me to try it. She said some categories only get a few entries so it can be easy to win. CAN BE, not IS. But I did OK:

Chocolate Chip Cookies -
Honorable Mention, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Crunch Cake - 3rd Place, Exhibitor's Choice Cake
Curry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread - 2nd Place, Banana Bread

Not bad for my first try. My friend Rebecca won 1st place in Coffee Cakes with her Key Lime Bread with Coconut Pecan Glaze. (Don't worry, I got the recipe.) I'm already critically thinking about what to enter next year.

Ed came out of the Hall with an armful of brochures, and having entered us in several drawings (which have led to several sales calls.) We caught an impressive performance by a local clogging troupe before heading home for naps. Though it was warm and super humid, it was an awesome day at the fair.


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GR82BAMOM said...

So fun to see how the girls have grown! Hope all is well and congratulations on your entries.

By the way, I'm loving your VGP blog. Though I am somewhat well equipped as far as the baking gear, I have this rather silly fear of baking. Maybe one day I will muster the courage to try a couple of your recipes. They sound pretty fool proof. Thanks for all your hard work in putting it all together.

Hello to Ed and the girls from us.

SuperGabers - The Mom said...

It is totally a tradition. Which reminds me that we need to hook up at Cox Farms later this fall.

Disco Mom said...

Yes! Another important tradition in the making.

Nells-Bells said...

congrats on even entering the bake contest! i don't think i would even dare.
your girls have grown so much! they are so stinkin' cute too.

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