County Fair

This is fair week for me and it is always a very busy time of getting my entries ready and then heading to the fair almost daily just to hang out and enjoy all it has to offer. I have been to many fairs over the years but the Shiawassee County Fair is the best! The fair grounds are spectacular with beautiful animal barns and they have free surrey rides all day that will pick you up and drop you off any where at the fair. Surrey rides

This is a beautiful team of draft horses!

I started entering in the adult open competition a few years ago when my cousin urged me to do so. My entries are usually in the classes of baked goods, jewelry, and crafts however last year I tried a new class, amateur photography, but did not get any placements. I am not one to give up easily so I entered several different photography categories this year and success I received a blue on one of them, the color four legged animal category with my photo of Bitsy I took this past spring when she was here.

Blue Ribbon award for my photo of Bitsy!

Bitsy~Chesapeake Bay RetrieverClearer shot of photo

The photography section has very stiff competition as there are many great amateur photographers in my county so I am so delighted with this placement. The other two photos I entered did not get a placement, these were the categories of color 8×10 enlargement and 4-4×6 color photos matted in one frame.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppies                             Moon

It is so hard to know what they are looking for but I might try the moon one again next year and maybe do it in black and white and I already have thoughts about my four legged animal entry Winking smile Anyway it is fun and exciting!

My other entries this year consisted of my 5 Minute Fudge and a necklace I made.


Coffee Jasper Necklace

All in all I did very well at the fair this year and I could not be more pleased!!

This fair has been going on since 1850 and started as a one day picnic but progressed over the years to what it is now. In 1988 it moved to the current grounds because it out grew the original fair grounds located at McCurdy Park, you can read more here

So far this year I have taken well over 200 photos in just two days and have been referred to by my friend as a shutterbug, hmmmm if I had to choose a bug to be that would be my preference, although it might be kind of cool to be a dragonfly Rolling on the floor laughing

My favorite event at the fair is the Draft Horse Pulls, these horses are magnificent and the strength they posses is unbelievable! The Percheron are my favorite of the drafts but I would take any of them in a heart beat, next to dogs they are my favorite, well then there’s the cows, goats, cats, oh who am I kidding I love all animals Open-mouthed smile

I put together a slide show of just a few of my many photos, okay a lot of my many photos for you to see, hope you enjoy them as much as I do taking them.

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So that’s my county fair, how about you, is there a favorite fair you like to attend?


Durand Union Station

My post today is inspired by Monica over at Monica’s Tangled Web, she writes beautifully with wit, humor and sincerity. She has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Henry” so if you haven’t given her a look hop over and dive in. A few weeks ago she started doing some posts of the sites around where she lives so it got me to thinking what a great idea, it gives the readers a little glimpse inside your world, so here is a small glimpse into my cute little town called Durand.

I have lived here a little over eight years, the thing that drew me here is it’s small town atmosphere. One of those places where almost everyone knows everyone else and quite a lot of people I know have lived here for many many years.

Durand is a railroad community and still has a functioning station, Durand Union Station, you can catch the Amtrak here. DSCN1730

The station is filled with history and as a matter of fact it is considered a Michigan Historical site.

Durand Union Station

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On August 7, 1903 there was a train wreck involving the Wallace Circus, more than twenty people were killed as well as some of the circus animals.

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It is said the wreck was caused due to faulty air breaks, you can read more about the story here


There was also another train wreck on June 5, 1923 near Durand,


you can read more here

Although there have been some tragedies over the years the station stands strong and is quite beautiful!



I live in town just a couple of blocks from the station so when all is very quiet and still I can here the trains rumble down the tracks with their rhythmic sound of steel on steel, I find it to be a very comforting sound and it brings back many childhood memories.

You can read a brief history about the station here

Inside the station is a wonderful museum with tons of artifacts. I hope you enjoy the slideshow!