In a disappointing, but not altogether surprising, turn of events, Teddy did not get a ribbon in the stuffed animal competition at the state fair.
Teddy lost to a bear with blue fur, a chef bear, and a small (Teddy would say prissy) female bear.
For the duration of the fair, Teddy has been confined to an antique iron baby crib. His cribmates include a blind rabbit made from a pink chenille bedspread, a patchwork rabbit with button eyes, and a large Bunnicula rabbit wearing a blue ribbon and clutching a bright orange carrot like a dagger. It is not unlike the island of misfit toys.
Although he is ribbon-less, we are proud that Teddy stood his own against the gang of motley competitors. In spite of his green crotch and thinning fur, Teddy looks just as cute as the other bears. He must have fought hard for a ribbon.
Perhaps Teddy was confined to the crib to prevent him from climbing to the top shelf after the building closes to steal one of those ribbons for his own. I'm thinking that with a little boost from Bunnicula, he could still make a break for it.
If he only had a nail file...