Growing a dahlia

Second prize

Second prize

I love entering things at county fairs or shows. The pleasure comes from making or growing something yourself – something you think is worthy to show others. There is pleasure in sharing something you are proud of in a quiet way – without having to brag about what you’ve done.  There is fun  going to the fair to see if you’ve actually won something – anything. It makes the trip to the fair far more exciting than just being a spectator.  And there is the reward and excitement of actually seeing a ribbon of success. 

I entered one dahlia in the Monterey Bay Dahlia Society show in Soquel yesterday.  Even though I’m not an expert, I received a second place in a class of dahlias that had multiple entries.  It was only a red dot.  But it made me smile to have received it.

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