Ring the School Bell 14/180- Sweepstakes and pig racers

        Los Angeles County Fair here we come!  Melissa’s friend Annie joined us for this beyond-fun field trip.  We took the yellow schoolbus to the fair, or rather we left the beat-up van at home and drove John’s new economical Honda Civic, which has replaced his beat up and exhausted 12-year-old Ford Thunderbird. The girls and I rented a Honda while in Indiana this past summer, and completely fell in love with it.  John was way overdue for a new car,  and the price was right, so here we are. John had a bad cold and stayed home today, so it was a girl’s day out. The fairgrounds allow school groups to get in 4 hours before the rest of the population, an appreciated perk!

On our way to the fair- Sabrina, Sarah, Melissa, and our sweet friend Annie
Sarah and the Great pumpkin
Pioneer girls

         Cow milking, free chocolate milk for the kiddos, sheep shearing, baby farm animals, pig racers, turkey racers, and duck racers filled our morning! Annie was chosen from the crowd at the pig races to be the bell-ringer, aiding the farmer to call the pigs and other farm critters out of the starting gate. Finally, but foremost in everyone’s mind, we headed off to the much anticipated America’s Kid’s Exhibit Hall where the girls could view the fruits of their labor, RIBBONS!

          Emotions, including my own, were running at an all-time high as we ran around the America’s Kid’s building (not unlike the pig racers!) searching for all of their homemade treasures.  Sabrina was elated to win the red white and blue sweepstakes ribbon (best in class) and purple Top Notch ribbon (best all-around) for her gothic-themed owl coloring page.  Her Hobbit-themed alternate book cover also took a sweepstakes ribbon.  Sarah was not to be disappointed either!  Her fluffy stuffed duck adorned with a sweet little umbrella to match, as well as her decorated Sherlock Frog were both awarded sweepstakes ribbons.  Additionally she received a green ribbon for linking her entry to this year’s theme of books.  Melissa’s winning entry, a lovely crown designed employing tin soda cans, claimed another sweepstakes!  Happy day.

County Fair lamby

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May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette



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