DECORATION DAY BUSINESSES DISPLAY PRIDE FOR FAIR CONTEST.Byline: Peggy Hager Staff Writer
LANCASTER - Getting into the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley Fair spirit, High Desert Medical Group and The Farmer's Wife farmer’s wife
makes hell too hot even for the devil, who sends her back home. [Am. Balladry: “The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife”]
See : Shrewishness flower shop tied for the Judges Award for the fair's Business Dress and Decorate Contest.
Behind the rows of medical files in the High Desert Medical Group's records room, the 19 employees decorated dec·o·rate
tr.v. dec·o·rat·ed, dec·o·rat·ing, dec·o·rates
1. To furnish, provide, or adorn with something ornamental; embellish.
2. their cubicles cubicles
individual cow bed spaces separated by half height and half length partitions. Usually located in loose housing cow accommodation in which the cow is free to wander at will. to reflect past fair themes.
``They gave us a choice of picking any theme from 1955 on, but we decided to have each person pick their own theme, so we were able to cover all decades of the entire fair,'' said records supervisor Kathy Paris.
Records clerk Terry Gallagher chose 1994's theme of ``Cowboy Boots and Country Roots,'' decorating his cubicle with his own ink drawings of cowboys and farm scenes. His cubicle included ribbons which Paris had won during her years as a Farmerette.
``That Reserve Grand Champion paid for my first year of college,'' said Paris, pointing to a large blue ribbon blue ribbon
denotes highest honor. [Western Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 127]
See : Prize .
Other desks portrayed 1970's ``Soaring Into the '70s'' with colored beads and tie-dyed fabric; 1966's ``Where the Action Is,'' with a monster truck A monster truck is an automobile, typically a pickup truck, which has been modified or purposely built with extremely large wheels and suspension. They are used for popular entertainment and in some cases they are featured alongside Motocross races, mud bogging, tractor pulls and climbing a burlap mountain; and 1989's ``Through a Child's Eyes,'' with a toy carousel.
``We certainly had a lot of fun doing it, great teamwork, and (it's a) good morale booster Noun 1. morale booster - anything that serves to increase morale; "the sight of flowers every morning was my morale builder"
boost, encouragement - the act of giving hope or support to someone too,'' said Paris. ``We've actually decorated every year since I started working here four years ago, and it's a lot of fun, and it gets us all involved. This is a high-paced department ... and it's stressful and it's a good stress reliever. It's fun, and it's good for the community.''
This is the third Judges Choice award for High Desert Medical Group's records employees, having won previously in 1999 and 2000.
In Quartz Hill, The Farmer's Wife owner Dana Ritter rit·ter
n. pl. ritter
[German, from Middle High German riter, from Middle Dutch ridder, from r , a fourth-generation valley resident, decorated her shop with fair memorabilia collected by her mother-in-law, Paula Ritter, including photos, yellowed newspaper clippings and ribbons.
``My kids are fifth-generation, so of course there's a lot of stuff we've been involved in,'' said Ritter.
A carousel made of metal tubes and disposable bread pans sits in the front window, while a child-size mannequin of an old farmer in a cowboy hat sleeps on a ride-on tractor toy.
Jalapenos, tomatoes and bell peppers from an employee's garden sit in tin pans on a hay bale bale
1. a package of wool in a wool pack weighing 150-250 lb depending largely on whether it is greasy or scoured.
2. a compressed bundle of hay, either about 100 lb tied with wire or twine, or large, round, untied bales, as big as a small hay stack and referred to as 'big bales'. , each tin accompanied by a prize-winning ribbon.
This was the first win for the flower shop, which has been in business for three years.
``We worked hard getting the stuff together ... it's been fun,'' said Ritter. ``I think it's good for the fair. People who haven't lived here for a long time come in and say, Oh, what are you doing?' and when we tell them, then they're, Oh, that's great... so that's perfect for the fair, the recognition.''
Decorating awards also went to Antelope Valley Bank, for medium-sized businesses, and Mayflower Mayflower, ship
Mayflower, ship that in 1620 brought the Pilgrims from England to New England. She set out from Southampton in company with the Speedwell, Gardens, for large businesses.
(1 -- 2 -- color) Dana Ritter, above, shows off the display in her store, The Farmers Wife florist shop. The display, left, was a co-winner of the Judges Award at the Antelope Valley Fair Business Dress and Decorate Contest.
(3) Dana Ritter, co-winner of the Judges Award at the Antelope Valley Fair's Business Dress and Decorate Contest, shows off the centerpiece of her display, a John Deere lawn tractor.
Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer