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Blue Ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair!


We just spent a couple of days at the fair and besides it being incredibly HOT it was incredibly FUN!

There was food and rides and dogs and projects and grandstands and bands and bazaars and marts and henna tattoos and food and more food on a stick!  Ooh – and strawberry smoothies!  And there was the 4H building which housed so many beautiful and brilliant projects, it made your head spin!

One of those projects belonged to my very own daughter…Miss Gabi.  As you can see by the picture, it was a wonderful drawing – which she did while participating in the local Art Club run by one of our local artists, Shaun Chosa.  An extremely talented man with not only a heart for art, but a heart for kids.  He brings both together for our community through this wonderful program that he’s developed for local students.  Our local school district, unfortunately, had cut the arts classes a few years ago, so he took it upon himself to encourage their creativity.

But I digress…

Gabi, as most of you have already heard (or read), had brought home 12 blue ribbons and 4 red from the County Fair.  She then had the opportunity to choose one from a few different categories to take to the State Fair.  She loved this drawing the most, so off we went.

Thank heavens for our dear friend Jan, who along with her daughter Cari (and the story she wrote), drove us down for a couple of days of fun and judging.  Cari, by the way, is Gabi’s best bud.  To add to the fun, Jan’s other daughter Kelsey came with and let’s see….how do I put it?  Added a definite flair for fun!  Jan will never allow the two of us to ride in a car together again!  (Somehow through all this I now have a new nickname…Gladys.  But I told them if I’m Gladys that makes them “The Pips”!)

Again, I digress…

The result of the crazy and fun days…

Both Gabi and Cari won blue ribbons!  Whooohooooo!  We’re very proud of these girls!

Needless to say, they’re already working on projects for next year’s fairs…stay tuned!

Patty O

ps….I also took a few hours to get a Louis the Grandpuppy fix!  Errr…I mean an oldest daughter Alex and her boyfriend Tom fix!  🙂

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