Ribbon! 

If you haven't spent much time in the Home and Family Arts building, you should. It was built in 1919 and has showcased fine arts, handicrafts and culinary projects ever since then. 

The building was open for a preview on Thursday evening to everyone who was exhibiting in the open show.. I have been entering the culinary competitions for years. I have never won the coveted sweepstakes purple ribbon for any of my baking. In fact I'm thrilled with any ribbon - first through fourth places get ribbons - and my Snickerdoodles got third!

In the Ugly Lamp - it's a real thing - contest I got fourth place. I guess I should take comfort in not having the ugliest lamp in the state, but it doesn't stop me from combing thrift stores all year in search of the perfect ugly lamp. 

The first place winner is pretty dang ugly. I think it is supposed to be two animals (I'm waffling between whether they are squirrels or platypuses), but it looks more like, um, something else. 

My PEZ pony is green with envy of the awesome robot that got first place in the Baby Boomer Toy competition. 

The Midway was calm before the 17 day whirlwind of hopped-up on cotton candy kiddos take over. 

I'll see you tomorrow! 

Nora Spitznogle is a nonprofit director by day and year-round Indiana State Fair geek. She hasn't missed a single day of the Fair in over a decade and the stack of ribbons from entering baking competitions and ugly lamp contests in the Open Show are among her prized possessions. 

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