During the year, our 4-H wool club spent some time learning to dye wool. We used Kool-Aid and had a blast. Rachel and her friend MacKenzie wondered if the process would work while the wool was still on the animal.......So, at the fair they staged the experiment....imagining they wouldn't get in to trouble with anyone since the dye was simply Kool-Aid.....The ewe had to be well washed (pretty time consuming) and was then squirted with every color of Kool-Aid we could find.
Monday, August 12, 2013
The Clark County Fair (this is the largest fair in the state of Washington) concluded last night....So this morning we made a final trek.....to help load the last of the market lambs onto the trucks and to pick up our entries
Here is a smattering of our exhibits.....so much fun and so many good comments and suggesstions! We REALLY appreciate the judges' written remarks and encouragement to do better!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Rachel was in the fair kitchen today preparing gluten free pizza and salad.
While preparing the meal, the judge may ask them questions about what and why they are doing certain things. All is part of the evaluation.
She served it with Gingerberry Kombucha.
The judge thought her efforts worth a blue ribbon!
Good Job, Rachel!
Sunday, August 4, 2013
On Saturday, we participated in an event called the "Deiter 100"! This event came into being because some of our friends - the Deiters - added up the ages of everyone in their family and discovered that at the end of this year, their ages will add to,....you guessed it, 100!
So they hosted an event similar to the "Amazing Race" and families were teams running all around our county and even into Portland on a race for clues...doing such things as visiting the local coffee shop, counting posts in the Fort Vancouver wall, getting pictures taken w/ various IKEA items and picking gallon buckets full of blueberries for the hostess! (I think that means she has 66 pounds of blueberries to her name now! - clever girl, that one!)
Most families had clever t-shirts to mark the occasion, one family w/ 7 little children came as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Us? Well, we were the Tartaned Twelve!
Though we got a bit busy and forgot to take pictures most of the time, we did have a few....
The first task was putting together a jigsaw puzzle...We were the first finished w/ that, and were in the lead for....
I'd say about 30 seconds. :)
A picture w/ a statue at Esther Short park...one of the requirements!
The Tartaned Twelve did not win the race...but we had a WONDERFUL time!
Hopefully there will be cause to have this kind of fun competition again soon!
Rachel, Grace, and Zachary all participated in the 4H kitchen activites on Friday. There are several categories in which you can compete. Rachel (no pictures :(...) and Grace both participated in the bread baking activity. They must bring all supplies and ingredients to the 4H kitchen and, well..., make bread. You are judged on preparation techniques, cleanliness practices, nutritional values and costs associated with the food/meal.
Rachel made Oatmeal Molasses Bread and received a blue ribbon! This recipe is WONDERFUL! You should definitely try it!
Grace made a loaf of whole wheat bread. She had a couple of...challenges -measuring technique- but the bread tasted wonderful, and she got some great pointers! She received a red ribbon and LOTS of encouragement to keep up the good work!
Good Job, Grace!
Zachary participated in a "Quick to Fix Meals" category. He prepared our family's standard breakfast of....
I don't think he's licking his fingers! :)
He was required to set the table andserve the judge. I'm sure he was a charming host!
He then cleaned up the kitchen and had an interview w/ the judge about nutritional value of the meal he served, and cost etc....(of which he needs to show improvement in his knowlege....)
He received a blue ribbon! Good Job, Z!
Rachel, Joshua and James will be in the kitchen on Monday and Tuesday...so more pictures will be forthcoming.
If you're in the area, come on out to the Clark County Fair!