It’s July! The month of my birth, independence, cookouts, and fireworks. And the county fair!
I love the county fair. The animals, food, rides, competitions. While I didn’t partake in 4-H as a child, I love that they have an Open Class competition for adults and youth. For the past 8 years and across three counties, I have competed in the photography at the fair. What started with an Honorable Mention award in Vigo County, I can truly say I caught the bug. In 2013 at the Johnson County fair, I finally won the granddaddy of all prizes- the purple ribbon that said “Grand Champion.” I was in complete disbelief when I saw that ribbon hanging on my photograph, and I am pretty sure I had a goofy smile glued to my face for the entire week of the fair. What an honor it was!
In 2014, I competed again, this time in a different county, as I had moved back to the county where I grew up. Imagine my complete and utter surprise when I saw 4 of my 5 photos with a purple Champion or light purple Reserve Champion ribbon on them. I was really confused as to why I wasn’t finding my last photo on the wall, and grew concerned that it got lost or damaged and couldn’t be displayed. It’s a big event, it can happen, right?
Well, my fears were put to rest when my sister found my last photo…. in the Grand Champions display case! Again, I was completely floored by the Grand Champion (and Champion and Reserve Champion) honors, and in my home county nonetheless. I felt like I finally made it! Yippie!
I took a break from competing in 2015. It was a busy
summer year and I felt I needed time to devote 100% to a few things instead of 50% to a bunch of things. It was one of the best decisions I made because it gave me a chance to recharge and I am now more in love with photography than I ever was before!
Which brings us to back to 2016 and the county fair!
I just dropped off my entries for the Salon Prints competition yesterday, three landscapes and one nature photograph. I have butterflies in my stomach, I am so excited to see how they do!
And in addition to working on my photography this summer, I have also been picking black raspberries from my backyard and making homemade jellies and jams. MMMMMMMmmmmmm! I should enter these in the fair but I think I will hold off until next summer. This year is all about the photographs!