Roxanne Rustand here…posting late because I am up in Wisconsin, helping out my daughter-in-law and granddaughter. It’s county fair time!
I love county fairs. The excited kids lined up for rides on the midway. The super-serious, dedicated kids, who have been preparing for months to show their calves, or hogs, or chickens, or rabbits. The corn dogs (the dietitian part of me cringes, but I still can’t pass up having one every summer), and mini donuts, and all of the other goodies. And the crafts buildings–there, I could linger for an hour, just taking in the beautiful quilts and painstaking perfection of the other needlework projects.
Fairtime brings a lot of memories, too. A 4-H member from the age of nine until I was eighteen, the county fair horse show and all of the projects to prepare became an annual full-time job. Dozens and dozens of batches of cupcakes would fill our counter top, during my search for three perfect (and perfectly matched) cupcakes. Who knew there could be so much variation in a single batch?! But through it all, I gained so much beyond just the ribbons and the fun. Any child who is dedicated to doing a good job at this definitely develops a stronger work ethic, than he or she might have if just having fun at the pool all summer!
Today, here in Wisconsin, is the day the pet guinea pigs are to arrive for judging Needless to say, Sargeant Steve, an Abyssinian, has a lot riding on his furry shoulders, and his ten-year-old owner is excited about his big day. Sorry about the lack of photos, here, to brighten up this post. I cannot figure out how to move them from my camera into my iPad.
So what about you…what are your favorite childhood memories of the wonderful, endless summers of your youth?
Wishing you all the best,
Toot! Toot!Roxanne won 2012 Reviewers Choice Award for her Love Inspired Suspense, Murder at Granite Falls.