Crop Out Autism was a blast. Scrapbook Royalty had a goal of raising $5000 and we were pretty close when I left to come home. SO many great people were there to help raise money for Autism Speaks — Diva Danielle, Christi Abshier, a representative from Canon, and tons of other people! Plus the SBR committee was there — Elena, Gloria, Melanie, Julie, Cathy, Nancy, and more! We had a great day, got lots of freebies, raised money for a great cause, the food was awesome…just WOW!

Hopefully I'll hear from Elena soon about the numbers as far as the amount raised.

Today we went to the LA County Fair.

At&t has discount tickets for $10 for adults and $6 for the kids so we headed over to the AT&T store first and then went on down the hill.

Boy, did we pick a hot day to go! LOL There was a fire in the nearby hills when we got there so the air was pretty smoky but they got the fire out and things were back to normal soon enough. I am pretty sure I went to the Fair at least once as a kid…it is wayyyyyyy bigger than I remembered it. We really didn't want to spend too much on rides or anything so we concentrated on the exhibits and the Fair food! We walked through the ride area to get to the main Fair part. Check this sign out:

Yeah, I am too short to ride the rides! LOL If I was only 48″ tall but since they have no idea how to measure (I am 62″ tall, thank you) I look like a shrimpenstein in this pic. I am definitely going to scrap this one. As soon as Matt saw the Ferris Wheel and all the crazy rides he started squealing with glee and pointed at everything, jumping up and down in the stroller.

Katie got a Candy Apple right off the bat and was loving it:

We found the Tapestry display so we could go check out my scrappy stuff. My friend Cindy had already given me a run-down of what I got ribbons for and everything but I still wanted to see it in person, you know?! Last year I had entered items and never made it to the Fair to see it myself. A few of my friends/acquaintances got ribbons which was really cool. I took pics of their items but don't want to post them unless I have permission. But I do have to say a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Susan Bugelli for snagging Best In Show in Stamping for her adorable vacation mini book–it was pretty awesome.

I entered 3 mini books and 3 layouts and got 3 Third Place Ribbons and 1 First Place Ribbon. Here are my items and me and Katie in front of the display case on the side where most of my stuff was.

Can you believe the tree book only got a THIRD Place Ribbon? Whatever! LOL I was a bit surprised at some of the items that won Best In Show and some of the other blue ribbon items and puzzled that some items did not receive better ribbons. I was a bit disappointed in the placing of my items but I didn't turn in my overall best work, just threw some stuff together, so I should not expect high honors, you know? Next year, if I do it again, I will definitely put more thought into it since now I know where it is going and everything.

After that we checked out some of the cool displays and art installations. We went through and saw the Christmas tree decorating contest–it defnitely made me want to start thinking about Christmas! Xaver liked the Homemade Beer display:

… and he also checked out the scones in the baking section–I think he will enter his scones next year. They are pretty awesome. We also checked out the Table Display. Katie liked this Snoopy one:

While I thought this Breakfast at Tiffany's was pretty over the top!

It was pretty dark in the display rooms and I kept playing with the settings on my camera (that I don't know how to use) to try to get better pics but this is what I have. Hopefully they will scrap nicely!! I gotta learn this camera..I've had it for 4 years now!

We went to the kids' area, the Backyard Fun exhibit, after we left the Tapestry area. It was pretty cool but some parts had already been damaged from the traffic coming through. There were robotic bugs, big bug displays, a play area, dress-up, fire station and all kinds of fun things to look at and do. It was a nice experience overall. Matt didn't want to leave the sandbox and the Thomas train tables when we were done!!!

We got lunch at this place called “Juicy's” — so crazy!! We had a giant corn dog and a HUGE pile of fries for lunch–all 4 of us shared the one plate of fries and one corn dog and couldn't finish it. It was $20.25 for that meal–wow. I am glad we brought snacks and water because serisouly the Fair is more expensive than Disneyland as far as eating. I know, I should have taken a pic of it but I was hungry!

After lunch the kids hit up this water play area and Matt went to town!! He had a blast! Katie got cooled off too–she really needed it. We then munched on funnel cakes and headed out to the parking lot to go home.

By the time we reached the car, Katie's T shirt had completely dried–it was that hot! We stopped at Del taco and got giant drinks and then headed back home. It was a mega hot day and Xaver and I definitely do not feel well from the heat ( I am sure I have a sunburn) but it was some good family time and we are glad for the experience. And now I have some super fun pics to scrap! LOL

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “LA County Fair and Crop Recap

  1. Wow! Looks like yall had a blast! Congrats on your ribbons!

    Posted on September 15, 2008 at 5:37 am
  2. Wow… looks like a grat day!! Adn that is awesome you won ribbons!!! Didn’t even know they had that catagory at the fair… I guess i will have to check it out at the OC fair next year…and yes youdo have some great pictures to scrap…hope to see those layouts soon

    Posted on September 15, 2008 at 5:29 pm
  3. Jennifer, it says ride guide not height chart… but I do hve to agree that’s pretty funny.

    Posted on September 16, 2008 at 1:34 am
  4. Thanks for that BIG CONGRATULATIONS! I have not been to the fair yet, but snuck a peek back in August when I was at the fair grounds for something else. I fanagled a volunteer to unlock the doors so I could peek. I turned in two one page layouts, no altered items, and then the one stamped card. I was surprised to see that I had the fun ribbon next to my project. I tried to think outside of the box by making a luggage album that featured the sock monkey. He was journaling his first road trip up Highway One. I always enter my baked goods. But last year not only did I not place, my beautiful baked masterpieces were not on display so I did not enter this year. It’s “hit or miss” at the fair. You are still very creative, if not the most creative of all the people who entered. Who knows what the judges are looking for… Thanks for sharing the pictures. Does not look too crowded. Oh and my kids entered in the America’s Kids Building and they each won ribbons. (I think all the kids get a ribbon, but it makes them happy). LOVE all of your work.

    Posted on September 16, 2008 at 4:17 am
  5. i love all the photos from the fair!!! looks like u guys had a great time!!!

    Posted on September 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm