Tuesday, July 29, 2014

See You At The Fair!

The countless hours of preparation over the last weeks and couple of months are complete.
The kids' first 4-H projects were finalized and today they went before the fair judges to plead their case have their interviews.

We found out literally YESTERDAY that the student is judged 50% on the project itself and 50% on their interview with the judge. My kids freaked just a little as they were a bit leery on how this one on one talking would all work out.

Reed, doing the 4-H dad thing, took off work for the afternoon so he could take the kids to our county fairgrounds.

Last minute prep was done this morning, with final touches on Lily's cake and all the double checking that everyone's project components were present.

Lily's three projects she took to the fair were: her Midnight on the Heath cake, a penguin pillow she sewed herself following a pattern (part of a community ed class earlier this summer), and a homemade card with thread and needlework. (Click the photo below to see more detail)

Jonah, being more of the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-send-your-mama-into-a-heart-attack kind of kid, played it cool by waiting until exactly last week to FINALLY get all the moving parts together to finalize projects. Phew. But, they did get done!

His three projects: a traffic safety display board, a toilet paper roll owl (craft project), and his Lego creation (Ecto-1 from the original Ghostbusters movie, which he created himself from looking at Lego set photos online). (Again, click the photo to check out the details)

They survived their judging and came home with B-I-G smiles.

And these:

BLUE RIBBONS! for each of their projects.

4-H uses the Danish Award system which awards multiple blue, red, and white ribbons. Projects are not ranked in order but are judged against a standard of achievement.

Blue ribbon: signifies a member has done outstanding work

Red ribbon: is average work; you have done a good job, but there are areas you could improve upon

White ribbon: the exhibit and interview were below expectations; several things may have gone wrong, someone else did the project for you or you broke one of the rules

With that, we'll be heading to the county fair later this week. We're looking forward to seeing all of the other projects and our kids' projects on official display there. So excited! 

For now, I am off to go work off some of those calories I consumed in the last couple weeks test tasting Lily's delicious cake. Be back soon!


  1. That's great experience for the children being interviewed and speaking to other adults about something they have accomplished -- especially for homeschooled children who are rarely "forced" to. It is one of the reasons I started my daughter in dance. It's also wonderful that they brought home blue ribbons! Sweet rewards. :-)

  2. Yay Lily and Jonah! Their projects are impressive! (I am super into the cake still and Jonah's Lego project, he must be a Lego master because I never got that good at Legos!)

  3. Yay!!!!!!!!!!
    So happy and excited for you two!!!!!!
    And Mommy as well. : )

  4. Simply amazing!!! Truly great practice for kids. And they say homeschool kids are unsocialized - ha! They must be proud of the blue ribbons and should frame those puppies up in a place of prominence!!!


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