We said goodbye to summer recently and look forward to all that autumn brings, especially the time honored tradition of the county fair.
What do you love about the fair? The thrilling rides? The fresh roasted ears of corn? The cute rabbits? The live music? The tractor pull or motocross races? One of my favorite things to see at the fair are the creative projects. I especially love nature photography. My favorite photo this year was an owl, which won First Place and Best of Show. (pictured above.) My favorite painting was of a Canada goose. Yes, I favor wild birds! The wood crafting projects were incredibly impressive: hand crafted musical instruments, clocks, a ship's wheel and bowls fashioned from exotic woods.
It was most refreshing to see that the lost arts aren't lost in this generation of young adults, in their twenties, carrying on the tradition of growing plants, preserving the harvest, raising livestock, and handcrafting beautiful, and functional items, along side the senior adults that have been participants through the years.
We share a sampling of artistic endeavors and gardening genius from young adults below. ~
The winning pumpkin at the
district fair in middle Tennessee, weighed in at 166 lbs.
and was grown by
22 years old.
Visit your local county fair, bring the kids, take time to appreciate the hand-crafted items and the livestock. Pass along our nation's rural heritage, the importance of organic farming and family agribusiness to the upcoming generation of natural living aficionados.
Are you in your twenties and entered something you grew or crafted in your local fair? If so, tell us what state you're in and what you submitted!
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