I received this envelope in my mailbox Friday afternoon. I figured it was my "rejection" letter from the State Fair photography competition. My heart sank a little, knowing the anticipation was now over as I opened it. I mean, I only entered for the experience, but still, when it's over it's over and I was a little sad to be at that moment.
...it says, in code that relates to the creative arts classifications, that the "bovine baptism" photo placed 10th. They only give ribbons to places 1-4, so it was not a "winner." It will not be on view at the State Fair of Texas.
It also says that this photo - the rubber ducky photo - IS A FIRST PLACE WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Woooooooooooo-hoooooooooooooooooo! Oh my goodness! I was (and still am) beside myself. Are you kidding me? Really? No joking?!?! One of MY photos (that YOU helped me choose, by the way) is going to be ON DISPLAY at the GREAT STATE FAIR OF TEXAS!!!
AND....AND....AND! And, it will have a FIRST PLACE blue ribbon attached. In the very competitive STATE FAIR category. Whoa. Let me catch my breath. I feel like I won the lottery. Seriously, people, I do. This is quite possibly one of the most exciting things that has happened to me in all my life. This is a really big deal for me in my little ol' life, and I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I mean, I could probably enter this competition for the next ten years and maybe never get another ribbon, so the fact that I received a blue ribbon is very cool to me.
A wordle.net word cloud of the Facebook congratulations I received.
I immediately started calling everyone I knew. Then I realized maybe people wouldn't really care to hear from my on a Friday afternoon about this so I stopped with the phone calls. I got on the computer instead and posted it on Facebook, where I had so MANY wonderfully nice replies.
I should point out that my oldest brother Bob, who voted for the butterfly photo when the polls were open, when I told him the news, said, "Well, if you would have entered the butterfly you could have had TWO photos displayed at the fair." It's good Bob has a high self esteem, isn't it? You gotta love the guy.
Let's go back to that little part about how YOU helped me get to this place. You did - remember that week back at the end of July? (Cue the descending harp music.) Think back - you know, when I asked you which photos to enter, and you voted, and I took your ideas into account and finally chose two to enter? So, really, I give you all the thanks. My neurosis would have left me undecided and un-entered. You saved me from myself. And look at the wonderful results! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
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So, dear friends, if you are planning a trip to the State Fair (beginning in 25 days, running September 25-October 18 - there is still time to purchase that 21 day advance plane ticket, in case you were wondering) you will be able to see my photo displayed in the Creative Arts building! I will be spending way too much money to go to the fair to see it as many times as I can. I'll stand near it, sign autographs and pose for photos. You know, the regular state fair stuff.
Where will it be located? The Creative Arts building is on the "back side" of the Cotton Bowl, on Nimitz street, east and behind the Hall of State, leading to the animal buildings, near the Embarcadero. If you're coming from the Hall of State, it'll be on your right. The photographs will be displayed in there, near the canned peaches, the quilts, and the test kitchen. Yep, that building. Here's a map if you want it. See you there. And, really, you can be sure we'll talk more about it here come fair time...you can be sure.
Happy Monday and Happy Last Day of August. See you tomorrow, if I can come down from my blue ribbon high long enough to write about something else. It will be touch and go, but I'll try my best. Have a great day.