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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: A Day At The Fair
By Vicki Chappelear


I always love going to the county fair. I look forward to it every year, but this year I was even more excited! I had been raising a pig to put in the competition.

Peter, my pig, was the best pig ever! I knew he would win first place for sure. He was so smart and looked really nice when I give him a bath. I had trained him to do many tricks. My favorite trick is when he hears a bell ring, he would take off running all around the farm yard looking for a treat that I had hid somewhere. I made a really cool blanket for him to wear after his bath (to try to keep him clean), the blanket was blue and white, and had his name on both sides.

It was the day of the judging and I was so nervous, I’d never had anything judged before. I arrived at the fair in plenty of time to get him ready. I had a game plan, everything was laid out, nothing could possibly go wrong! At least, that’s what I thought!

I calmly walked him to the washing area. I washed him good, when I was finished he was squeaky clean. I put his blanket over him and tied it underneath. While I was walking him back to his pen, we passed by a game that uses a big hammer to hit a ball up to a bell. Well, a big strong man was playing the game at that point and the bell rang loudly.

At the sound of the bell, Peter took off running. First, he ran into a clown that had helium balloons, knocked him over, got tangled in the strings and took a few balloons along with him. He ran between the legs on the man on the stilts, he bobbled a little but did not fall. Then he ran through the tent where they were playing the ring toss with goldfish bowls, he broke almost all of the fishbowls and left there with goldfish flopping on the ground.

By this time, everyone was bracing themselves for what he might destroy next. Everyone, that is, except the ladies in the pie judging tent. He ran through the tent upsetting the tables, leaving pies everywhere, managing to take a few with him on his head and hid quarters. As he was leaving the pie tent, he ran straight on into the dunking tank with such force that it collapsed and water (and the poor man in the tank) went gushing out.

So at this point, my wonderfully “smart” pig was wearing a blue and white blanket with his name on it, a couple helium balloons, and two pie plates. This made a lovely entrance to the tent where the gospel singers were performing. He managed to wrap himself in the microphone cords and pull all of the mics off the stage, and one of the singers.

To top off the chaos, he ran by the shooting gallery and tipped over a stool where someone was getting ready to shoot, knocking them to the ground and firing a shot. The little BB went straight up in the air and clipped the strings holding the “Welcome to the Prosperity County Fair -- Enjoy Your Day” sign, a fitting end to the rampage. As the sign slowly floated to the ground, Peter finally came to a stop at a tipped over trash can and started munching on an ear of corn.

With this, everyone started looking around to see just who this pig belonged to and who was responsible for the mess he had caused. I reluctantly walked over to him, and took him back to give him another bath. I wanted to laugh, but I thought better of it.

I did take him to the competition, and he came in second place. Not too bad for a pig that totally destroyed the entire fair in less than five minutes!

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Virginia Gorg05/18/06
This is well done and humorous. Flows well, reads nice, and held my attention. Watch out for Peter!
Lynda Schultz 05/18/06
Love that pig! I liked this picture especially: "So at this point, my wonderfully “smart” pig was wearing a blue and white blanket with his name on it, a couple helium balloons, and two pie plates." Watch your verb tenses. Good job.
Edy T Johnson 05/19/06
You certainly are a good storyteller! What a charming little piggie!
Helen Paynter05/22/06
Very nice piece. FOr the purposes of the challenge, I suspect that you didn't have enough of prosperity theme (despite the name of the show), but if you were aiming to entertain us all, you done good!
Jan Ackerson 05/23/06
Lighthearted and delightful.
dub W05/24/06
Wonderful humor. Brilliantly written.