Fun at the Fair

We’re worn out! We spent the last two nights at the fair. We had planned to go only once, however the hay bale toss got rained out on Friday and was postponed until Saturday. Problem is, they didn’t plan well enough and had no payloader to use to toss the bales into, so about 10 minutes before the event was supposed to start it was canceled! I can tell you, there were a lot of strapping young men mighty upset that this annual contest was officially off the program for 2011! It is really quite popular!

On Saturday afternoon we snuck away from our chores to take a break, and I can safely say that the kids cleaned up at the pie eating contest! About half of the entrants were our 5 youngest children, and of them three of the boys took home first, second and third place ribbons, a belly full of blueberry pie and cash prizes of $3, $2 and $1! They were quite pleased!

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The girls got to see one of their favorite critters – the horses.

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We also got to “hang out” in the sheep barn and meet some local shepherds and fiber artists, which was quite a treat! There weren’t enough sheep to have a proper contest this year, however they did a demonstration of how it would be done and one of our boys got to actually show a young ram lamb!

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We then came back home to give the lambs their booster shots and check them for parasites, grabbed some dinner, then headed back for the evening to watch the oxen pulls, in lieu of the canceled hay bale toss. Even with the mess up with the hay bale toss this year, the fair was a hit, and we truly love the fact that our small town has supported an agricultural fair now for 47 years!

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