One of my favorite childhood summer activities was the Northern Maine Fair. More than just rides and games, our local country fair had a farm animal petting zoo, tasty treats, a demolition derby, and an expo hall showcasing agriculture, arts and crafts, floral arrangements and more.
The best part of the expo hall was the opportunity to enter items for display and judging. For most categories they had a children’s or junior’s division, though in some areas adults and kids competed on the same footing. I won countless ribbons – including a few blue – and was awarded the monetary prizes that went with them.