Each year Morgan County residents look forward to the first week in August. It is the time to showcase their talents, enjoy good food, and be entertained, all at the Morgan County Fair. Adults and children alike work all year getting their various projects ready, whether it is hand-stitching quilts, weeding gardens or capturing the beauty of the world behind their camera lens. Many solely come to see the handi-work of others.
This year the fair had a great turnout of entries received. Even with the late start to the gardening season there was produce to be had, painted ceramics and awe inspiring cakes. Here are some of the winners from the different exhibit departments:
Sweepstakes winners for the quilts and sewing divisions were: Lynette Bell, Becky Cannon, Catherine Miller, Cathy Harvey and Shirley Wilkerson. Honorable mention goes to: Joyce Bingham, Amy Williams, and Judy Follett. People’s choice went to Connie Kippen for her quilt and Nan Tribuzio for her wall hanging.
Master gardeners, Mynon Deru and Keary Kohler both brought home the sweepstakes ribbon with Rhonda Morgan, Iris Heiner and Owen Gilson earning honorable mentions.
Bringing home the sweepstakes in the art and photography category were Alexandria Taylor and Hailey Hopkin. Christian Peay and Kami Jo Sandall were also recognized with honorable mention. Jennifer Vesper was honored with the sweepstakes award in cake decorating as well as the people’s choice award.
Each year Karen Haddock and K-Screens Silk Screening and Embroidery sponsor a t-shirt design contest. This years’ theme was “stars.” Participants could use any material, stones, scenes or design they chose. Winners are as follows: First place- McKayla Jones, second place- Rebecca Jones, third place- Madeline Pace. Honorable mentions were given to: Adisson Turner, Ally Sheffer, Miranda Livingston, Gabriella Jones, and Boston Moser.
Throughout the fair quilts are shown in the exhibit building that have been lovingly made and donated by various citizens and groups. This year the people’s choice winner was a beautiful pink quilt decorated with John Deere tractors made by Saundra Jensen. This quilt sold for $1,000, with the proceeds going towards fixing up the fairgrounds.
What an amazingly talented community we live in, the diversity of talents and abilities is inspiring. I am proud to live in a community in which so many individuals are willing to share their expertise. I am excited to see what next year brings.