Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Blue Ribbon, yee-haw!!


Let me just say right up front that I positively live for any type of competition. If the opportunity exists to beat someone else out, rip their heart out of the their tiny chest and stomp on it, well, I am so there. Much of this intense desire to win comes from several foundational moments in my childhood and adolescence.
1. Coming in dead-last in every event at Field Day in elementary school, and feeling so ashamed about it that I brought home the 'participant' ribbon and telling my parents that "I won". Yes, how sad.
2. Never being the top seller of anything, EVER. Mainly because I hate selling things. But still.
3. Making it all the way to the finals of the Minnesota State High School French contest. Grand Prize: trip to France! Blanking out on stage in front of at least 500 people, forgetting lines of Jacques Prévert poem and suffering utter and complete humiliation. Added bonus: getting beat out by the &*!$*&^* drama people, you know, those over-achieving over-actors that feel they must participate in any possible performance, even if they don't even particularly LIKE French in order to showcase their thespian ways...bitter much?
4. My family inexplicably winning a year's worth of Clark Candy bars when I was about 11. This meant that for one year every day after school, my brother and I ate about 7 each of these things. I know this seems like winning, but trust me, this had negative outcomes on the waistline and kept me in husky jeans throughout junior high.





Yes, these events have turned me into one twisted sister. But all I can say is this: Today the losing stops, because I am a blue ribbon winner. My hat won first place at our local community farm show! Yes, I beat out crocheted toilet roll dolls and kleenex box covers and brought home the bacon. So exciting. My prizewinnings top an impressive $4.

This was my first forray into the world of the community farm show, and let me tell you, it's serious business. People get VERY wrapped up in it. There are people there that you didn't even know existed in your town until seeing them set up their displays of giant gourds and preserved beets. I am not making fun of this event, but it was not at all anything I have ever experienced. I happen to know of two personal relationships that have disintegrated as a result of unhappy outcomes in the judging. These people are not fooling around, and even though my category was nowhere near as competitive as the Angel Food contest, I am still holding on to that ribbon for a long time!

9 comments:

Karen said...

Awww, you are always #1 in my book!!! Congrats on your blue ribbon . . . don't spend the prize money all in one place. LOL

Lone Knitter said...

Congratulations! I love your list of childhood moments. Clark bars? A year's worth? How many is that? Good lord! I never knew those "win a year's supply of ____" contests were real.

K. said...

heh, the seriousness of these little contests can not be underestimated. I live in a rural area and know 2 men in my neighborhood who don't speak because one of them chose to run for a public office the other one wanted.

amanda cathleen said...

YAY! Congrats!! : )

K & C said...

Congratulations! I've never been brave enough to enter one of those fairs. I have a reputation to uphold, and what if I didn't win? The humiliation!

aquaknits said...

Congratulations! Your hat is terrific, a well-deserved prize! I totally understand the competitive thing, simple board games become wars in our house. :)

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Woo Hoo!! Congratulations! and Phhhhhlft! to all those participation ribbons--trust me I feel your pain on that one ;-).

Mintyfresh said...

Congrats on the win! I am EXTREMELY competitive: the other day my boyfriend and I were walking home, and one of us went to turn at one corner when the other thought to go straight. He suggested we go separate ways to see which route is faster. I replied, "But then I'd have to run to be sure I won." He tried to say it shouldn't be a competition, but how could it not!? :) Long story to say: I hear ya, sister.

Divine Ladi said...

Congratulations!!!! YIPPEEE!!!!!!
I never won anything in school either. This just prevented me from entering any other contests. I love the childhood memories, it bought a lot of my own memories to mind.