85-Year-Old Resident Wins Blue Ribbon For Creative Birdhouse at State Fair

Ray Smieja entered his creation in the Creative Activities division for senior citizens.

For Richfield's Ray Smieja, the first time's the charm.

Smieja placed first and was awarded a blue ribbon by officials at the Minnesota State Fair for his creative birdhouse he created in the shape of a concertina.

And at 85 years old, this was the first time he had ever entered a creation into the fair's annual competition. His first place ribbon was given within the Creative Activites—Works of Seniors division for birdhouses or feeders.

Smieja is the father of long-time teacher Dan Smieja.

"Even when [people] get older and increasingly infirm," Dan Smieja began in an e-mail. "Nevertheless, [they] can still function, and be creative and make contributions."

Ray Smieja's creation is currently on display in the *Ramberg Senior Building through the remainder of the fair.

Editor's Note: The location of the display was corrected from Education Building.

Caitlin Burgess September 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Another big congratulations to Eli Winter, a Sheridan Hills Elementary School first grader as of today, who won third place in the MN State Fair's kindergarten photography division.


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