A week ago Wednesday J, Molly and I loaded up the station wagon and headed to Nebraska. Early in the trip (within the first hour of an eight and a half hour tip) it became apparent that J and Molly do not make good travel buddies. Seven hours later we were all glad to get out of the car.
Thursday Mom, Dad, J and I loaded the sheep and headed to the State Fair. We set up camp and made sure the Southdowns were comfortable. Friday we tended to the sheep and walked around the fair. It was the first official day of the State Fair, so the crowd was light and easy to maneuver. My Aunt came by to eat dinner and visit with us. When J and I made it home that evening Sister was there.
Saturday was show day. Southdowns didn’t show until 2:30-3:00 in the afternoon, so we got in some visiting and a little shopping before it was time to work on the sheep. Mom entered 6 head in the show: a spring born ram lamb, two yearling ewes and three spring born ewe lambs. It takes two people per sheep to show them. This was J’s first experience showing sheep and it was fun to watch him jump right in. We had a good day in the showring and a great day working together as a family.
Early Sunday morning Mom headed back to the State Fair. She had to do chores before continuing her job helping in the ring. The rest of us enjoyed a cup of coffee before J and I headed north and Sister east.
Molly and J got a long much better on the return trip! We enjoyed our visit with my family, and attending the State Fair. While we were gone J’s folks held down the fort. They did an awesome job and we got 1.80″ of rain.