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Fun and photos at the fair

August 7, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
Three or so years ago, I entered a couple of scrapbooks into the open class exhibit for the Lyon County Fair. The one I entered in the “other” category or something to that effect won first place (I think I was the only one entered in that particular category...). Basically I won my entry fee back.

This year I decided I was going to enter a few photographs. I had gotten a new little digital camera for Christmas and have since taken 240 or so photographs with it.

There’s several categories in the color photography portion: humor, domesticated animals, sunrise/sunset, floral, children, and of course, “other.” I didn’t do anything fancy to the photos, just had them printed. I was quite proud of my floral photo. I had taken an upclose shot of some flowers by the Vietnam Memorial in Philadelphia. It’s really vivid (well, to me anyways). I also entered four of my front row at the BoDeans concert photos for the set of four, same theme. In the humor category, I entered a photo I took from “Pirates of Penzance.” It’s a couple of the cops on the floor after the chase scene. It’s not posed or anything, even though it looks like it is. I think I may have a chance in that category.

Last night I go down to the fairgrounds to turn in my photos and two two-page scrapbook spreads. I entered the “stickers” and the “other” category for scrapbooking. I think I’m up against the same person I was the last time I entered. My entry slips weren’t done, so I went to my eye exam and then ran back to the open class building. All the other people who entered photos had them on mattes, framed, etc. And here I am, handing in just the snapshots...doop de doo. People had professional-looking photos of birds, kids, flowers... I have what my little Sony had to offer. In the children category, I entered a photo of a little girl from Boston who was doing a little craft while we were all in a covered wagon at the Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet, S.D. During that trip, I took many photos of people I don’t know and will never see again.

Well I’ve now since checked out how I fared...I got second place in the scrapbooking “other” category. Hey, hey. But alas, none of my photos got anywhere. And they look pretty forlorn, being the only ones not in a frame or matted.


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