Generally, I have found small-town life challenging. But sometimes there are some unique opportunities to be found in small farming communities. Today, the kids and I were able to take advantage of one of those opportunities. We entered a cake we made together in the parent/child division in the agricultural fair for the northern part of our county They enjoyed doing it, but I told them not to get their hopes up about winning. As it turned out, we won 1st place for our category and Grand Champion for the whole division. The cakes are auctioned off as a fundraiser for the ag fair after they are judged, and people pay exorbitant amounts for them. An elder from our church paid $120 for it! Amazing!
The kids are really excited with their $3.75 prize and their blue and purple ribbons. However, they don’t yet know that we will be getting a check for $100 for winning in the division.
One other note that is sort of interesting is that I have been a judge in the fair cake contest during the previous 2 years, so I know that a system of blind judging is used.
It has been suggested to me that I include a photo and the recipe for our prize-winning cake on my blog. I hope to do so in the next week or so.