Evergreen State Fair sends home winnersLocals share their talents and earn ribbons The Evergreen State Fair celebrated its 99th birthday this year with hundreds of entries to judge, huge crowds looking for great food and the excitement and exhilaration that only those high flying rides can bring.
The fair opened to a packed house and continued with thousands of people coming and going throughout the week and a half long event.
Beautiful weather kept all of the booths and rides open for thrill seekers and those looking for hot corn on the cob, elephant ears and other food you can only find at the fair.
Many in Granite Falls and Lake Stevens shared their talents by entering in many of the fair’s events including 4-H, agriculture, baking, canning, tea party, sewing categories and Lego building, just to name a few.
Andrew Moss, an eight-year-old from Lake Stevens, saw pictures of the Lego dioramas from the Puyallup Fair when he was only six years old.
When he heard that the fair was coming he reminded his mom that he wanted to enter one of his Lego creations into the fair.
The biggest reason for Andrew wanting to enter was, “because I wanted to win first place,” he said.
He did just that.
Andrew made a unique and creative Jumbo Factory where you could find, “Everything you need to build anything you want.”
Andrew came home with excellent marks on all of the judging and a blue ribbon to keep in his scrapbook.
The Nist family also from Lake Stevens, entered many events at the fair this year.
LaDott, the Nist matriarch, entered two of her handmade dresses into the smocking category. Both her birthday dress and Halloween themed dress won ribbons.
The Nist children have been entering their projects in the fair for two years now.
“A couple of years ago I wanted to enter some the kids artwork but it was too late,” LaDott said. “They only had baking left opened so they decided to do that.”
And they’ve been doing it ever since.
Emily, who is 10 and Elizabeth who is eight both entered their homemade cakes.
Emily’s Teddy Bear Tea Party cake took home a blue ribbon along with many other awards.
Elizabeth’s cake won Best of Division, a blue ribbon and merit and viewers choice awards.
The Fair opened up a new category this year entitled Parent/Child Tea Party.
The idea is to have a parent and child set-up an entire tea party with food, tea, centerpiece, table décor and anything the contestant sees fit. The only things they are provided is a card table.
LaDott and Emily decided this would be a fun way to spend time together and they took home five ribbons.
“Emily started out a flower she liked and we planned our setting around that,” LaDott said,
Their competitors in this event were mostly adults.
“It was lots of fun and Emily wants to do it again next year,” she said.
Their son Mathew also won a blue ribbon for his Kinex creation in the Lego building event.
Once again, the fair had something for everyone and was entertaining for the entire family.