The Perry County Fair was good to us Magdalenas, who entered hooked rugs this year. Of the five entries, we garnered two first place ribbons, two second place ribbons and one third place ribbon. The most exciting thing is that we had our own booth this year. We did share it with the quilt that got “best in show”, a pretty antique trunk, and a crocheted rug, but our rugs looked great! Next year I’m sure we will fill up that entire booth with just our hooked rugs.
This was only the second time we entered hooked rugs in this fair. And we were the only ones to do so. Strange, since Perry County was where Magdalena Briner Eby lived and hooked. She is buried a mere four miles up the road from where I live. Our hooking group is making headway in creating awareness about our fiber art. We intend to bring Magdalena, her rugs and designs back into the consciousness of the local community.
While I was at the Fair, I enjoyed seeing all the entries in many categories. The canned goods had many ribbons. The vegetables and floral displays were nice as were the baked goods, local wine, and kids’ artwork. There is a huge interest in keeping this old-time Fair going for the enjoyment of the entire Perry County community.
There’s a lot of beauty out there, and the Magdalenas brought some of it to the Fair!