Rockgate Farm

  (Conway, Missouri)
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As the 2011 County Fair Draws to a Close.....

Well,   I WON! I WON! I WON!!!

  Another County Fair has drawn to a close.  The day to pick up my entries, ribbons and premiums....if I have any, and lick my wounds and mutter a few chosen words under my breath if I haven't.

  I wasn't going to enter this year.  It was/is so hot, and I was so tired.  I just didn't want to exert the effort for just a few winks and nods.  Not a whole lot of money in the county fairs, just braggin rights.  But, at the last minute, I had a change of heart.  If I don't enter, people will think that I really am dead...That rumor circulated a few years back.  Surprised a few people when they found out that I was alive and well.....Just looked kinda sick at the time.

  So, I boxed up a few pickles and jellies (20 to be exact), picked some green beans, banana peppers and zucchini to enter into the crop section...and headed down to the fair grounds.  That was Wednesday last.   Didn't give it another thought until just a couple of hours ago.  My mother reminded me that I needed to pick up my entries between 1:00 and 4:00.  So off I went.

  Needless to say, I was VERY surprised.  I'm pretty used to winning with my jams and jellies, but with my crops?!  Took best in show with my banana peppers.  First place with my green beans, and second with my zucchini.  I am so floored!!  I guess those Master Gardener classes paid off after all. 

  My winnings this year:  12 first places, 7 second places, 2 third places, and (1) Best in Show.  $57.00 in show premiums.  That's a nice dinner out to celebrate!  The irony:  The local Farmer's Market Sponsored the premium for Best in Show in the Crops division.  I'm a member of that market.  Do you think people will think that it was rigged?


"Braggin Rights"

It's all about the braggin rights!

  So, I live in a small rural community where everyone has known everyone for generations.  I'm kind of a throw back, since I wasn't born and raised here.  I returned to the area voluntarily.....what was I thinkin :) 

  As you might well imagine, there's really not much goin the County Fair is a big deal.  We womenes cook for weeks to get ready for the canning competition....We all know each other, and we've sized each other up, for years.  A lot of rivalry.

  I compete with around 7 very competent cooks from five surrounding towns.  We all have our specialties...mine being the jellies.  But, my ambition, was get my pickles and relishes "on the board".  Well, after about 6 years of fighting the good fight, I finally scored big.  Three first places on my relishes, and second place on my dills.  That's HUGE!!!

  Relishes, OK....gotten ribbons over the years, but the blue has gotten past me repeatedly.  This em!  Admittedly, my dills "suck".  Always mushy, and tooooo bitey.  This year, I finally made a pickle worthy of my label!  Through all of the oooohs and ahhhhhs of amazement, I emerged from battle with the ever elusive red ribbon!!  Just a blushing blue! 

  I know, I's such a small thing.  But, in a small county, where everyone knows everyone, now everyone knows who rules!

  Like I said:                It's all about the Braggin Rights! :)

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