Tuesday, August 28, 2007

All's Fair--Part II

On to the sheep! Well, you didn't think I'd miss out on yet another fiber source did you? I didn't get to see too many because the only sheep there were for the 4-H'ers. For those of you who don't know, the 4-H is a youth organization sponsored by the Department of Agriculture that promotes leadership and life skills, usually associate with the farm but not necessarily. The fair is the opportunity for the 4-H'ers to show their stuff. These were the sheep that the kids were showing--yes, showing. Like a dog show, but with sheep.

Baby Doll Sheep

Cashmere Sheep (I think)

I guess we weren't there on sheep day in the Sheep, Goats and Swine Barn because all we saw were goats. And as is usual for goats, they were busily eating whatever was in reach.

Getting ready for the show ring.

Goats in the show ring.

The grass is always greener or the hay is always sweeter.

Cute, aren't they?

We skipped the rides. Al said he didn't feel like taking his life in his hands by getting on something that might throw him some distance in the air.

There was also the fresh squeezed lemonade, corn dogs, cotton candy, candy apples, funnel cakes, petting zoo, 4-H posters and exhibits, quilts, cross-stitch and knitted items, and canning and baked goods. We even saw a pie judging contest, which was kind of odd because people were just sitting around while two older ladies sat high up on a stage, tasting and judging the pies. How do you get that gig?

Surprisingly, I didn't see a butter sculpture. What's up with that? I know the Iowa Fair has one, but apparently, Nebraska likes to do things differently. Cheese sculpture!

Yeah, I don't know what it is, either. I guess we'll have to go back at the end of the fair to see.

The only really bizarre thing that I've never seen at another fair was the Ride a Camel tent. Al tried to get me to take one for a spin, but I politely declined. I said Hell no I'm not getting up on that thing! Look how far down I have to fall off. Unfortunately, Al didn't get any pictures of the camels.

Here are some other pictures that Al took. It was such a great day.

Gorgeous horse

There's a time and place for things like this--the fair is neither the time nor the place. I bet the Methodist Church selling homemade pies did a much better outreach than this guy.

Mini Donkeys--Aren't they cute?!?

Big ol' Veggies

Don't ask


Tractor Museum


her indoors said...

what do you mean 'don't ask' i gotta ask, was there any birthing!
love the cashmere sheep, it raly does sound like a great day out

Kell said...

Well, not exactly birthing. Mostly a couple of new moms and new babies, mostly chicks. But there were lots of things in jars with lights shining through them that I didn't look at too closely. It was a "learning" facility.

Betty said...

Sounds like a good fair, as fairs go. What??? Al's afraid of the rides? Isn't he the one who climbs into a big old metal tube, powered by jet fuel, without a qualm? The ride wouldn't throw him that high. lol

her indoors said...

cool, love baby animals they are so cute.

Jay said...

Those hogs look like they're having a pretty relaxing time.

I don't think I would have been able to resist going into the "birthing pavilion." And then I think I would be sorry I went in.

Betty: That metal tube that hurls Al across the skies has and ejection seat.

Peggy said...

The last photo of the tractor reminds me of how tractors used to look back in my day. Proper green tractors with no cabs, radios or comforts of any kind.

Queen of Dysfunction said...

Ooh! ooh! ooh! I love goats! They are cute. And smart. And the horse? Gorgeous. In fact, I like all the photos.

How come your fair looks so much cleaner than our fair?