The second fair we participated in this summer was in Livingston County. This fair was the morning after the Mayfield show, so we were a bit tired! There was some debate as to whether or not we would be able to attend this fair because I am new to driving the stock trailer and the fairgrounds are over a teeny tiny rickety bridge. I was hoping Jeremie would take the girls, but it’s not really his thing. Who can blame him? It does get a little tiring to sit out at a livestock barn for hours upon hours. But the girls and I love it, so I closed my eyes and drove over the bridge, Ha! Just kidding! But I did make it over the bridge safely. All the while telling the girls that now they knew how much I loved them. All three of my lamb exhibitors won champion showmanship! Mia and Katie won first in their market weight class and Reserve Grand Champion. Charlotte won second in her market class. Mia received a lot of encouragement at the show! Many people came up and complimented her on her showmanship skills. This is her first year with a goat, so she needed a little encouragment! And Katie was glad the judge liked her lamb so much. He needs a few groceries but should be right on target for Grand Champion for our county fair!
We opened up fair season with the Pearl of the Purchase fair in Mayfield, Ky. Katie and Charlotte showed a lamb in market class and showmanship. Ruthie and Jack showed a lamb in the novice showmanship class. Mia showed a goat in market and showmanship. Every show is so different, depending upon the judge. The girls did not do as well in market as they had hoped. Charlotte did win showmanship!This was a really fun show to participate in because a lot of their friends were there as well. We are off to a fun start for the 2017 showing season!
Here are a few of our favorite craft items this year. I like to post pictures so next year the kids can look back and remember what they made so there are no duplicates! And I didn’t get a picture of it, but James made an awesome walking stick. He sanded, stained and poly U’d it all by himself. And Tommy made lego robot that solves the rubix cube, but unfortunately the rubix cube we ordered from Walmart was the wrong size, so he didn’t get to enter it.
Rides at the fair! Loud, crazy and fun. This year we went on the same night at the Demolition Derby so we got to see some “crash-em-up” fun as well! It’s always a challenge keeping track of all the kids because some are just not tall enough for all the rides, some are more daring than others, and some, like Roo are just happy to ride the carousel over and over. I literally had to pry her fingers off the horse, while she screamed, to get her off the ride. But once she discovered there were other rides to be enjoyed she settled down a bit. She was so excited to wave to us every time she circled around. The big kids loved this ride, even more fun to be whizzing through the night sky. I love Jimmy’s face in this picture. I have felt exactly the same way on the rides. Jeremie’s so sweet to go on the rides with the kids, since I was restricted this year. After the long livestock showing day, it’s fun to just relax and let all the kids have some fun!
Our kids have been very active in their 4H group learning how to judge livestock but this week they were on the other side. Showing livestock! Mia, Tommy, Susie and Jimmy showed some Berkshire hogs at the fair. Katie and Charlotte showed lambs. The hogs basically just walk around the ring doing their thing, while the judge tries to make heads or tails out of all that meat on display. There are about 20 hogs in the ring at once, in each class, and I’d imagine that it’s very difficult to assess each hog. The judges are always great to listen to, telling the audience why he chooses each pig as “winner”, what things he is looking for in terms of condition and mobility and muscling. The lambs are a bit more challenging to show. They usually are trained to lead without a halter, no easy feat for a little girl to lead around a 120 pound animal that doesn’t want to go. And then they must learn to “brace”, to flex their muscles for the judge. Both the girls did fabulous! Katie’s lamb won second place in her weight class. Charlotte won second place in showmanship, which means how she led and braced her lamb and how she related to the judge. The day ended with a livestock sale where members of the community come out and buy the kids’ animals. Business owners, doctors, private citizens… there is so much support for these 4h-ers’ from the community. Mia’s hog was purchased for $4.25 a pound. Susie and Tommy’s hog was purchased for $4 a pound. Katie’s lamb was purchased for $10 a pound. Unlike all the kids that participate, our kids purchase their animal with their own funds, raise it, feed it and care for it themselves. It’s a huge blessing to see such a great monetary reward at the end of all that hard work. It’s a long, hot day at the livestock barn. The kids have to sit on bleachers for hours on end. That’s not easy with the little kids and in such crowded conditions. But it’s an exciting day for everyone and we all can’t wait til next year!
The kids have entered so many crafts into the fair this year! They have made a major dent in my crafting stash. Here are just a sampling of some of the things they have made. Benja drilled holes into this wood to make a rustic pencil holder.
Recycled CD into a flamboyant peacock.
The other night, the 4h-ers in the family attended a dinner put on for the benefit of the people that come out from the community to support the kids by purchasing their fair animals. It is a time of sharing what they’ve learned, serving others, stepping outside their comfort zone, conversing with local business owners, networking with others supportive of the ag scene. They handed out postcards with their picture on it and information about the livestock show and auction that is to take place this week. Hope to see you there!
After Jimmy and Benja entered their castle and log cabin in the Henry County Fair, there wasn’t much to do with them. So the boys decided to burn them. Let them burn, baby, burn. They put a few firecrackers in there for added drama.