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Manteca couple crochets together to create fair award winning entries

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Manteca couple crochets together to create fair award winning entries

Many of the Afghans that Don and Michelle Drummond have crocheted over the years have earned high marks at the San Joaquin County Fair.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED June 24, 2009 2:24 a.m.
Don Drummond has spent the better part of his life working with crochet needles in his spare time – a hobby that he picked up from his mother and just about every other senior member in his family.

And with his wife Michelle, Drummond has made quite a name for himself over the years with his entries to the San Joaquin County Fair – the same fair that his mother used to submit her designs to more than 50 years prior – that have earned him more than a handful of ribbons ranging from Best of Show in various categories to First Place in others.

“I enjoy the competition with the other entrants that have been doing this forever,” Drummond said. “I was a little bit disappointed that there weren’t very many entries this year, but it’s something that we enjoy doing.”

The Fair officially starts today and runs through Sunday, June 28.

With this year’s judging already complete, the Drummonds will likely venture out to the fair today just to see the other exhibits – they were the only people in attendance at the judging of the knitted afghans, baby clothes, scarves, and other items that they submitted.

“One of the things that we enjoy the most about the fair is going and watching the judging because you get to hear from the person judging that year different things that you didn’t think about in different pieces,” Michelle Drummond said. “It helps broaden what you can do and gives you other ideas.”

When it came down to the Best of Show award for the Afghan class, it was Michelle and Don’s daughter DeDee Thomas that were up for consideration – with the latter getting the nod and the opportunity to submit her entry to the California State Fair in August.

While DeDee has long crocheted as a hobby, it was only her second time entering something into the County Fair – with the first being almost three decades ago.

“She was really excited with that award, and it was nice to be able to see that,” Don said of his daughter earning the judge’s top marks. “To see other people enjoy doing what you do is one of the reasons we enter the fair.”

In all, the couple submitted 23 works for judging that will be on display throughout the fair for people to observe in the buildings along the main walkthrough – a lot that includes items that have already been sold, and items that have already been promised to family friends.

But with so many items to the couple’s credit, finding a place for all of what they produce has become somewhat harder over the years.

“It was easy at Christmas time at first,” Don said. “Now everybody has one, and we have to figure out what we’re going to do with the other stuff we have.

“We’ve got it just piling up.”
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