As I go into the office to attempt sermon-writing while preparations for the Church Fair take place underfoot, I offer up this Fair-themed Friday Five for your amusement and participation (and if you don’t do church fairs, feel free to substitute a craft fair experience):
1) Favorite thing about Church Fairs
I love the knit table!! (That is probably not surprising.)
2) Best Item Ever at a Church Fair
Two years ago I got some fantastic fleece scarves made by one of my dear homebound ladies. They were trimmed with a beaded ribbon. My sisters-in-law loved them!!
3) Opinion of cotton dishcloths, that staple of Church Fairs everywhere
They are addictive to knit, mostly come in colors I find icky, and are reasonably useful in the kitchen.
4) Major Lunch Offering at your fair or the last fair you attended
That would be corn chowder. My last church as a layperson did fish chowder. Wow! It was good.
5) Worst Item Ever at a Church Fair
Little wooden outhouses with some sort of little “joke” attached. I think I lost a church member over my criticism of these outhouses, but honestly!! The man who made them is so clever; the next year he came back with adorable reindeer planters, a much better use of his carpentry skills.
Silent Auction Bonus Question: Have you ever accidentally purchased more than you really wanted at a silent auction?
Umm, yes. In trying to bid up an item made by a friend, I ended up with a fairly expensive baby quilt. This wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d actually had a baby in mind. It ended up going to my husband’s ex-wife when she had a baby, an extraordinarily weird destination. She liked it, which was even more weird.
Also, when #1 Son was ten and I was doing Field Education, he got very excited about the silent auction at Field Ed Church’s fair. We spent quite a lot for two Key Lime pies, and we never even got the second one.