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country fair in the summer sun …

September 6, 2011

Here’s hoping you had a great Labor Day or Labour Day weekend.  We did.  We

being Jude, me and most everybody else on the island.  Hundreds of folks were

at the inaugural Fall Fair, and it seemed like everyone was smiling.  Let’s take

a tour.



The chickens were as diverse as the eggs.



There were odd-shaped vegetables, too.


And beautifully shaped ones.




The flowers were beautiful, of course.


Outside, the bonsai trees of our neighbour Len attracted a lot of attention.


Elsewhere, the principal of the elementary school took a dip in the dunk tank.


Fairgoers could make scarecrows for a contest.


They could admire lavishly decorated gumboots.

Or simply throw less ornate ones for distance.


This cupcake caterpillar got a lot of attenti0n — a little too much in the end.


Hands down this was my favourite.  Whimsical AND practical.  How often do you

see that?  It was created by 13-year-old Ocean Mawhinney, a young lady of many

talents.  This displays the welding skills she’s learning from her dad.  They spent

a lot of time on this.  Ocean is also an accomplished artist and even had time to run

her dog through an agility course at the fair.



The fair got nothing but rave reviews.  I can’t wait for the next one.

  1. September 6, 2011 12:58 pm

    Good way to mow the lawn! I’m kind of surprised no one else has thought of that!

    • September 7, 2011 9:33 am

      I don’t know if it actually works, but it’s got to be better than Thigh Master.

      • Ocean Mawhinney permalink
        September 19, 2011 8:43 pm

        it works

      • September 20, 2011 7:41 am

        Thanks, Ocean. There’s a photo of someone riding it in the 9 sep 2011 issue of the gumboot press. And congratulations for winning a People’s Choice award for Decorated Cake.

  2. Charlotte Wales permalink
    September 7, 2011 10:53 am

    Oh, Allen – how wonderful!! Everything was beautiful,including the chickens!! We used to do this kind of thing up in the mountains of Arkansas where Iived for 23 years; I surely do miss the “community feeling” we always had. Another event we held yearly (besides endless potlucks and volleyball on a monthly basis) was the Annual Swap Meet – – we all brought things we no longer used, needed, or wanted, everything from clothes, tools, sports equipment, dishes and other kitchenware, crafts, etc. – – everyone got a turn picking something they liked; this continued until everything was gone. We always had games and potluck afterwards; a long and wonderful day, to be sure!

    • September 8, 2011 9:45 am

      Pot lucks have a certain magic to them, don’t they? Always enough variety, always enough for everyone.

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