I never sent out a County Fair report, so here it is. Better late then never! The fair is an incredibly busy week for us. Some times we think we must be quite crazy to do it all, but then we can't think of any part of it that we would want to give up!
Here is our itinerary for the week:
- Tuesday 8 AM rabbits and poultry to the barn and couped.
- Tuesday Afternoon Get all needed equipment to the fair grounds, set up club area.
- Tuesday 5 PM Rabbit Show
- Wednesday AM Bring Cattle to the fair grounds
- Wednesday 12 PM Poultry Show
- Thursday AM Bathe all cattle
- Thursday 2 PM Cattle Show
- Thursday 6 PM 4-H Obstacle Course
- Friday 8 AM to 12 PM 4-H sponsored Petting Zoo
- Friday 5 PM Market Sale
- Friday 8 PM - ? 4-H Dance and sleep over
- Saturday 10 AM Dog Show
- Saturday 12 PM Horse Show
- Saturday 6 PM 4-H Awards Ceremony
- Saturday 7 PM 4-H Potluck
- Saturday 10 PM pack up, load small animals and equipment and go home.
- Sunday Am Load up cows and get them home.
It all starts with the rabbit show on Tuesday. This year, the girls only showed Lionheads. Kate won Best of Breed with Petunia. ( home bred tortoise senior doe). The girls each showed several rabbits and won several Best of Varieties. They planned their breedings to have lots of babies at fair time and sold most of them, earning a couple of hundred dollars over the week! Here is Lily, ClaireAnna's sable point junior doe.
Here are the girls, watching their Lionheads being judged.
A bunch of our Lionheads up on the show table! On Wednesday we have the poultry show. ClaireAnna shows her ducks. (this year about 10 of them) and always wins. Here is ClaireAnna with her Cayuga drake "Anderson" at the Best in Show Table. He didn't win that but he was Grand Champion Duck and Grand Champion Other Fowl! ("other fowl" are ducks, geese, pigeons and quail ) Claire also won several other ribbons with her other ducks.
This is Claire with Ken, a Simmental X Red Angus feeder steer. Ken also won first in his class! Here is Kate with Argentina and Bailee (4-H friend) with Katrina. Both are Simmental X Red Angus Commercial Heifers. Argentina won first in her class and Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Heifer. (Earning Kate an extra $100!)
This is Kate with "Snow", a purebred Romagnola Heifer. She was the only one and got a first! Hehe.
Kate Showed "Skibo", her Market Steer and made the market sale. Here he is being "auctioned" at the sale on Friday, for a price of $750. It is a charity auction to benefit the kids and Kate gets to keep the steer AND the money!
After the cattle show on Thursday, there is a 4-H Obstacle course contest. The kids are paired up according to their age and club and run the course for prizes. It is loads of fun.
Waiting for obstacle course results.
Fun on the rides!
Friday morning, the 4-H puts on a petting zoo for the community. Almost 1000 kids from every school in town come through the animal barns between 8 Am and 12 PM. ClaireAnna decided she would let the kids pet "Pelican", her Peking hen. Kate and I held Lionheads.
Friday night is the dance. What a fun time it is. Kids of all ages, from kindergarten to graduated seniors get together, play fun music and dance the night away. There are brothers dancing with sisters, Fathers dancing with daughters, big kids with little ones dancing on their feet....it is just some of the most wholesome, family fun you can have. Then, we take the little ones home and let the big kids stay the night at the fair grounds. Some brave parents stay too to chaperon. Saturday morning, for those who stayed, the Pope County Homemakers Association ladies make everyone a delicious breakfast out of the eggs that have been collected in the poultry barn throughout the week. Yum Yum!
Claire receiving her awards from the judge.
Saturday at noon, is the Horse Show. During the dog show, Ted went home to get the horses and get them set up at the arena. After the dog show, the girls and I ran to the arena to start getting ready for the horse show. However, as were saddling up Cindy, we noticed that she had a runny nose. Eventually, she sneezed snot all over the place and we realized we had better take the horses home. We didn't want to spread any germs to the rest of the horses. So, unfortunately, both girls had to scratch the horse show this year. It turned out, several of our horses did come down with a mild cold and it was a good thing we didn't stay. (All are healthy now.)
After the awards is a wonderful potluck for all the 4-H families. Then it's time to clean up, pack up and get as much of the "stuff" loaded up as we can. We can't load up animals until 10 PM though, so we all just sit around and enjoy the last day of the fair, talk about the week and watch the last of the fair goers file through the animal barns. Then at ten, it is a mad dash to get out of there and get home. This year, we left the cattle till Sunday morning since we just had so much to do. Whew! Glad it is over.....Can't wait till next year!!!!