As I told you before, last week was our town's fair. I already told you about the rides, the Christian Music Show and the parade. But, two more exciting things happened during the fair (and no, I did not go on the Cliff Hanger).
We have this mulberry tree in our back yard. The monkeys love to get the stepstool out and pick away when they become ripe (which has been every day for the last week or so). So, I had an overabundance of mulberries in my refrigerator. Last year, I made a pie from them, and my DH asked me to make him one this year. At the same time, I noticed that there was a pie contest at the fair, so instead of making just one...I went ahead and made two (how could I tell him no and hey a contest?). I barely got it done in time, and rushed it to the main stage. After watching the rest of the Mr. and Miss Panther contest, it was finally time for the winners to be announced. And guess what happened? My pie got second place! I won a very nice stoneware pie plate (which will make my pies look much nicer).
The next night (the last night of the fair), was to be the town talent competition. The Clover told me that she wanted to sing in the show, so I signed her up. Goodness gracious, I'm not sure how many times, we sang Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys, but I can tell you that it was a lot. A lot. She borrowed a red and black sequined chevron striped tank top from me (which I pinned back so it would fit her like a dress), put on her ruffled black skirt and asked if she could wear her eye shadow (of course I said, yes).
Prior to the show, we had my family over for a pre-Father's Day cookout (which ended up being a cook-in due to thunderstorms). So after we all ate, we moved ourselves to the Talent Contest (which thankfully had not been cancelled, just moved indoors) and settled in for almost two hours of acts (some of which were better than others). The Clover got up and sang her song (mostly to the floor as stage fright makes you forget all the moves you practiced no fewer than 1000 times), but she belted it. So at the end of the night, they announced the winners in each division. And the Clover placed 2nd (thereby doubling her vacation money). I was so proud that not only did she choose to do this rather scary thing for an 8-year-old, but that she did it well!