The time has come. All the preparations and hard work will be put on display for everyone to see. People will walk through the barns and think; look at how clean and calm those pigs are, those cows look so fluffy and even a young child can lead them, and those sheep are so white. It is time for the annual county fair.
What many fair goers don't realize is the weeks and months of hard work that went into getting the animals and projects ready for this moment in time. Daily chores had to be completed. Hours of grooming and training had to be completed to calm the animals and make them perform and look their best for the competitions. Some may ask why do all this work for a few day fair and a ribbon. My answer is for the life skills learned and the memories.
Working hard at a project teaches youth the feeling of pride and ownership in a job well done. In the show ring you can see the pride and joy in the 4-Hers faces as they show their animal to the judge. They learn how to work together with other and how to be respectful. Outside of the show ring their is fun times with fellow youth and friendship formed. It is all of this added together that keeps 4-Hers doing the hard work year after year, and what has parents encouraging their children to be part of this great organization.
I have been busy taking pictures of some of the process for fair preparations. See this previous post here. Now it is down to entry day where we are taking the animals into the fair. Follow me as we go through the steps.
The day started off with clipping the pigs so their hair was shorter. We then washed them in the trailer before taking them into the fair. Sorry on picture of this, it was a bit wet.
|Once at the fair the kids helped chase the pigs into the pens were they will spend their time at the fair. Oh they look so clean.|
|Mary made sure that they had plenty of water and were happy in their new home for the next few days. They look happy.|
|Rose is our little 4-Her in the making had to say hi to Fancy as she took a little nap|
|It was a big morning and everyone was hungry so a picnic lunch next to the beef barn was in order|
All the animals were put in their places and ready to start the fair. Now it is time for the shows to begin.
|One last picture before heading into the ring. Mary and her proud Dad.|
|Mary talking to the judge about her calf. She says he asked her things like; is this animal a heifer or steer, what breed is your animal, what do you feed your animal, what is your animals birthday, and what is the best quality of your animal.|
|Not everything about showing an animal is glamorous and flashy. There is some dirty work that has to be taken care of.|
|Paul is working on getting the next calf ready and showing David how it is done.|
|Mary and Simon have a moment with Rodeo (whom we should rename because she is sweet now) before Simon goes into the show ring.|
|Simon is in the show ring and looking good. This is his first year showing a calf without help. He did an awesome job.|
Once the show is done there is still more work to be done. The calves needed to be washed again to get all the styling product out of their fur then combed and blow dried. After they are fed and made comfortable then we can take a rest, but not for to long because the hog show is in a few hours.
Since our pig were so nicely cleaned prior to getting to the fair we only had to wash the dirty spots and feed them prior to the show. Then it was time to sit back and wait for the show to start.
|Due to busy day of shows the hog show had to be pushed back a few hours until the show ring was available. The kids played with water and sat and relaxed.|
|Here he is holding his ribbons looking a bit tired but proud.|