Ta da! Janet won 3rd place for her pirate costume; Holly and granddaughter Alexa won 2nd, and our other granddaughter Annika won FIRST PLACE! Asher, our little grandson, was dressed as a Transformer, and although he didn't win any ribbons, he didn't care--he got candy and coupons for ice cream for just entering! Several little boys had the same costume as Asher's, by the way.
We enjoyed the contests, which also included a dog costume contest. Wish we had taken some photos of those: one family had three dachshunds! The red long-haired one was dressed as a cowboy, complete with jeans (and that wagging tail sticking out the back was so cute) and a cowboy hat! Another black-and-tan doxie (who looked a lot like our Duke) was dressed as a bat, with big wings. A large "golden-doodle" (cross between a golden retriever and a poodle) was solid white with curly fur, and he was simply wearing a black top hat and a black bowtie--very elegant. A very tiny dog was dressed as a fairy, a large black dog was dressed as a green crayon. This small town festival so very family friendly and so much fun!
The children enjoyed the inflatables and the food, of course. My daughter and I enjoyed touring the retail booths, and we both bought ourselves a scarf. The weather was a perfect 72 degrees and sunny all day.
All in all, it was a perfect day, and the festival was so much fun, filled with family-friendly, wholesome fun: inflatables, food, live music, interesting items for sale, costumes, hay rides, train rides--and we made lots of good memories with the grandchildren.