Tasha Pherigo beamed when she found out she won a purple ribbon, the highest honor, for one of two projects at the 12th annual Mohave Education Festival.
Tasha, a third-grade student in Kim Pettigrew's class at the Kingman Academy of Learning, earned her purple ribbon, given for superior work, in the crafts (other) category for a house made of ice cream sticks.
She landscaped around her house using oil paints to add a tree and flowers.
"I thought of this project because last year everybody had houses except me," Tasha said.
"I wove two sticks together with string in a craft project.
"I first tried to do a Q-tip house, but it kept falling down.
I decided sticks would work better with glue."
Tasha had some difficulty in locating her second entry among the thousands on display at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.
She did find it eventually and discovered she'd been awarded a red ribbon (for good work) in the paper crafts (mache) category.
Her second project depicted diamond-shaped figures in assorted colors of red, green, purple, blue and yellow surrounded by white edging.
"It was a school project that I hadn't planned to enter," Tasha said.
"We could decorate a design with flowers or whatever, and I didn't want squares, so I thought of diamonds."
Dawn McGill, co-chairman of the festival, cut the ceremonial red ribbon at 6 p.m.
to officially open the event.
As some people moved about looking at the exhibits, others gathered near the indoor stage for the first entertainment act of the festival.
Director Julie Porter-Hickok led the Kingman Junior High School symphonic and jazz bands in the national anthem before going to other tunes for an audience sitting in bleachers.
The Mohave Education Festival continues through the weekend.
It will be open 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m.
today and Saturday and noon to 3 p.m.
Admission is $1 per person and fairgrounds' parking is $1 per vehicle.
There will be entertainment throughout the day and midway rides will be open.