My family and I visited the Tulsa State Fair yesterday. Selfishly, my main motivation was to see if my entries earned any rewards. My "Autumn Palette" mat took a first prize in primitive rug hooking, small mats, and my large, hand-dyed, hand-stitched pillow took blue and premium ribbons! This is the first premium ribbon I have ever received at this state fair and I am thrilled!
Although there are many things to talk about when it comes to fairs, my primary point for this blog entry is to encourage EVERYONE to enter SOMETHING in their local event. Too many times we sit placidly by as the presence of our fine crafts disappear from our local fairs, seemingly dieing never to be resurrected. Your entry doesn't have to be fabulous or even large. It can simply be a "place holder" to say, "rug hooking", "weaving", "spinning", "dyeing", "knitting", etc. is still alive and well in the 21st century! Some people are too shy to put their work out there, but it is one of the most important things you can do. Even if your local event has come and gone for this year, start planning now for next year.