Crafts, food items and more submitted to Victoria Livestock Show county fair
Feb. 23, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2011 at 8:23 p.m.
Stone Speer crouched in the Victoria Community Center parking lot, putting finishing touches on his latest work of art: a 5-foot Native American-style headdress he welded at his Placedo blacksmith shop.
"It took me about two days," he said, eyeing the creation with iron feathers.
Speer was among the people submitting projects to the Victoria Livestock Show's county fair Wednesday afternoon.
The county fair is a way for everyone in the county to get involved in the livestock show, said Traci Shadle, the fair superintendent.
"It's open to all ages, and I think that's part of the draw," said Shadle, clad in a 4-H shirt with silver rhinestones. "It's fun to see what comes in, like the prize-winning cakes and clothing projects."
Elaine Stock arrived at the Jaycee Hall with multiple projects to submit in the adult category, from a table runner to a floral arrangement, an acrylic painting of the beach and more. She became interested in crafts about a year-and-a-half ago.
She advised those who were interested in the contest to give it a try.
"Actually, it's really a lot of fun," said Stock, whose photo of a turtle won her a reserve award in last year's contest. "And it's exciting to see if you won anything."
It wasn't just the grown-ups dropping off projects Wednesday. Kids made their way through the doors, too.
Phoebe Schneider, 10, took in an orange-and-blue dress she put together for the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville.
With a little guidance from her mother, Angela Schneider, Phoebe picked out fabric and a pattern she liked and even constructed a sample dress first to make sure the fitting was right.
After the county fair ends, she plans to wear the dress to future renaissance festivals.
Brother-sister duo Andrew and Faith Barton hefted in a large brown box filled with several projects, from hot pads to freshly-baked rolls and even homemade Chex mix they planned to enter.
Although it's their first time to enter the competition, they said they were more excited than nervous.
"It's just kind of fun," Andrew, 10, said.
Speer said he was in the competition for much the same reason. Although his second year competing, he said he mainly created the headdress because it was something to do.
"I figured I'd just see what I can get with it," he said.