I won! I’m the official first place winner in the 2013 Maryland State Fair category N-5, “Dolls and Stuffed Animals – Toy or game other than doll or stuffed animal, no wood.”
Thanks to my friend, Emily, who stepped in as our official photographer. We inconveniently forgot to take our camera with us when we went to the fair on Sunday. I, being the nerdy sewing-obsessed person that I am, could have spent our entire time in the Home Arts building. So much to look at! I am determined to enter a quilt next year along with a bag and maybe a dress that I’ve sewn for Ellie. (That would require me to sew a quilt, a bag, and a dress by the next fair of course.)
Thanks to all my friends who have found my book at the fair and sent me congratulations! It was a fun first entry. Next year, we’re determined to dominate the Home Arts and Garden competitions. We’ll let you know how it goes!
P.S. Now I just have the trouble of not spending my $8 prize all in one place! 🙂 ($8 before taxes that is, because yes, I did have to provide my SSN for IRS purposes.)
P.P.S In the interests of full disclosure, I should point out that I was the only person who entered my particular category. That’s my new plan – I’m going to look at this year’s list of of results, choose all the categories with very few entrants and dominate those. Just think of how rich I will be when I win all those unpopular categories! Here are some categories I’m considering: wood carving (mythical creature), painting on slate, knitted poncho, felted hat, and Christmas stocking. And, I’m now a bit mad at myself because I just discovered that there was only one entry in the “Christmas decoration, other” category, which means I just forfeited a guaranteed 2nd place by not entering my Christmas tree skirt! Oh well. Now I know!