I almost didn't make it this year. The few days that I slotted to go were filled with other, pressing things to do. By golly, I was determined, and today, the last day of the Fair, I went. It didn't disappoint. From the moment I walked in and smelled the bbq and farm animals, to the taste of the loaded baked potato (thank you, Dana, of Quilt Works, for that food recommendation), to the Sheep to Shawl demonstrations, to running into old friends who each entered pies into the fair, to seeing Mayor Berry at the chicken barn, just hanging out at the Fair.....it was just perfect. The days are gone when I took little ones to the petting zoo, Old McDonald's Farm, and buying just one special toy or dress up for my girls. But it still pulls me in each year.
Here are some wonderful creations from customers, employees and friends:
Our own Beth Trujillo won 2nd place for her needlework pillow!
Customer Joyce Freymiller made this sweet dress.
Customer Kathy Duquette's beautiful piece.
The ABQ Modern Quilt Guild received a 1st place ribbon!
Customer Sandy Greenfield's lovely Shibori quilt.
Our own Tisha Cavanaugh of Quilt Icing and her original piece!
This chicken....oh my.....had me laughing. Don King, the chicken!
Here was another beauty.
Because I ALWAYS have to put in a food picture. JR's loaded baked potato. BBQ Brisket on top. Soooo good.
A dear friend I ran into: Gay Gustafson.
She's been entering her green chile cheese apple pies in the fair for years. Yum!
And finally, I had to dig up this one, from years' passed:
They're now 19 and 17, and have busy lives of their own....but this was a treasured picture to see today.