I made it to the fairgrounds early to open up this morning. It was a beautiful morning, mid-70's F and sunny. It's kinda quiet when nothing is opened up yet, but there is a buzz of exhibitors setting up and getting last minute things in place.
I've never been there for the opening ceremonies before. It was nice to see all the veterans there for the flag raising. Even though I knew these gentlemen were there, I still jumped when they fired those guns in the air.
I think I could've tasted something from about every food vendor there - but I refrained. I only had 2 things :) Besides. I'm working again on Saturday. Another opportunity. Dole Whip. Poutine. Fries. Nothing healthy.
I love seeing all the kiddos. Is this little guy adorable or what?
Horse and sheep judging was going on during the morning. If I hadn't had to be in my own booth, I would have loved to have gotten some pictures of the judging rings. Love the cowboy boots with shorts - quite popular attire.
And I was able to sneak over to the Creative Arts building for a peek at the tatting. I was so happy to see that there were more entries than in the past. Still only a few, but tatting is alive and well!
And I was especially happy to see that I not only got a blue ribbon for my doily, but the purple Sweepstakes (judge's choice) as well! That means a lot - it's given for an outstanding entry, strictly an optional ribbon for the judges to award.
I also entered this Flowering Quatrain Bookmark in the "Other Tatted Articles" class. Yay! Thanks to Frivole for a beautiful pattern.
Maybe I should start now on next year's entries so I don't have to tat a marathon again!