Kettering resident Virginia Thompson entered 43 items in the Montgomery County Fair, and won 41 ribbons, 23 of which were first place.
“I’m tickled to death,” Thompson said.
Her silver wrapped jewelry and stain glass window entries won first place.
Thompson, a retired florist, will turn 75 on Sept. 15.
“I enter a lot of needlework and this year I entered watercolor paintings and pencil drawings,” she said. “I just like art, whether it’s painting or threadwork. Needlework is really my thing.”
She also entered an antique bottle collection and an antique doll. Thompson has been entering items in the fair for about 35 years.
She was married to Bob, who died in 2005, for 50 years. The couple had one son, Curt, who died in 1997.
“When I was a child my mother was an artist and she did beautiful needlework,” she said. “And we would always go to the fair. I just love the art part of it.”
Thompson is originally from Texas and has lived in Kettering for more than 50 years.
She has taken night classes at Rosewood Arts Center, 2655 Olson Drive, for nearly as long as she has lived in the city. Last year she took glass blowing, and she also studied wood carving.
“You have to continue, you can’t just stop,” Thompson said.
When not working on fair items, Thompson enjoys gardening. She also writes poetry and magazine articles.
Thompson’s counted cross stitch item and ribbon embroidery entry each won best of show.
“Counted cross stitch has 10 stitches or more per inch,” Thompson said. “If you miss one stitch it throws the whole picture off. It takes months to complete one item.”
She has already started items for next year’s fair. She is making a counted cross stitch of a sleeping Santa surrounded by kittens and puppies.