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Is it Only Window Dressing? – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time
State Fair Rides

Is it Only Window Dressing?

  • “People make it happen, all the rest is just window dressing.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

I walked through the sickening sweet whiffs of funnel cakes, caramel corn, corn dogs and cotton candy. The rides tilted and twirled, went up, down, around and around. But where are the exhibition halls? I wondered.

In my eyes it all just looked like window dressing to draw people in. Could all the glitz and glamour be symptomatic of our society’s values in this day and age, I thought? What used to be at the foundation of the fairs I remember from my childhood seemed to have met it’s demise.  Again, I asked myself – Where were the exhibition halls for agriculture, farm animals and home arts?  I felt disappointed and sad.

Just as I was about it “give it up for gone” I saw my brother waving in the distance in front of the agricultural exhibition hall. “Yes! I thought, they haven’t done away with what’s at the heart of any respectable State Fair – the 4H exhibitions!

Now, we’re a talkin’! I thought – finally I’d found all the stuff I really like about a State Fair – the exhibition of flowers, produce, pantry items, quilts and other fiber arts, woodworking, and home domestics items. And I was about to meet the woman in the first photo who submitted a total of 37 flower and garden exhibits, winning a total of 34 prizes including the Grand Champion award.  She’s also an equestrian with many awards under her belt. Note: Not all of the flowers pictured were hers.

Come along, in case you can’t get to the yearly Fair in your State this summer, peruse a compilation of photos I took yesterday at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, Maryland.

Flowers and Gardens

For the Pantry

Plentiful Produce

It’s About People!

Live Life in Full Bloom!

Fulfilling Fiber Arts

4-H Sowing Domestic Fantasy – Fun Stuff

In the end it was gratifying to know what has become part of the American institution of summer living has not changed all that much. What began in the 19th century to promote state agriculture, competitive livestock breeding and display of farm products still exists.

That’s all folks! See you back here on www.SowtheHeart.com in a few days!

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