Revving up for the state fair
Growing up I spent countless days of summer at fairs — 4-H fair, county fair, and if I was lucky, the Illinois State Fair.
The fair season was always a busy time around our house. My brother showed livestock, while my sister and I focused more on crafts, fruits and vegetables, flowers and even dabbled a bit into cake decorating.
I will never forget the excitement I felt every time the judging was complete and I could finally see what place I earned. Everyone was battling for the same thing — the purple grand champion ribbon. This ribbon wasn’t just a ribbon; it was your ticket into the state fair.