By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
When Gracie Nunez planted some seeds weeks ago on a family friend’s farm, she had no idea she’d be taking home a grand championship from the 2013 Garfield County Fair.
The 10-year-old won Best of Show Junior Division in the Plant Division. She and her brother, Harry, also won other ribbons at this year’s fair.
Nunez said she had never entered a fair before, but she did this time, because her mom’s friend, Tim, who has helped her with her plants, would be proud of her.
“I wanted to enter just so I could get my hopes up and make him happy,” she said.
Her grand champion selection contains four flowers displayed in a Gold Spot glass milk bottle. And although she’s not quite sure what types of flowers she chose, Nunez definitely knows why she picked those select four.
“They were very colorful and that’s why I chose them,” she said. “I thought about it for a little while and tried to decide which would be the best.”
Nunez wasn’t sure how long it took to grow her flowers from seeds to blooms.
“I don’t remember how many days, but pretty long,” she figured. “Longer than I expected. It’s pretty long, because I thought they weren’t going to be ready for the fair.”
The rambunctious fifth-grader said she found out three of her entries won when she came to check on her exhibits Friday after school.
“Mom found my flowers in the vase and I got two ribbons. One of them said ‘first place’ and the other said ‘championship,’” she said.
Walking around more, Nunez discovered she also won a first place premium ribbon for novelty arrangement/garden flowers. She said she built a small ranch in a display, with help from her brother.
“If it wasn’t for my brother Harry, I probably wouldn’t have won,” she said. “He said to put the rocks in the farm. He helped me a lot.”
Nunez explained to her friend Mira Goldman the small sign in the soil that red “G & H Sunshine Farm” actually stood for “Gracie and Harry Sunshine Farms,” but that was too long to fit on the sign.
She also was quick to point out the fact her brother placed second in the dried sunflowers category, with hers following in third place.
“I’m pretty proud of that,” she said. “I chose the one my heart desired.”
Nunez also entered tomatoes and a fresh-cut sunflower, but those entries didn’t place. However, the young girl took that bad news in stride.
“This is only my first time at the fair. I thought I was going to fail,” she said. “We actually won a lot of stuff. I’m pretty proud of that.”