County Fair

Last few days, the local County Fair has been going on.  Thursday was the 4-H Static Project Judging and Friday the Livestock Shows.  I enjoy looking through the Visual Arts and Photography exhibits and watching kids show animals.  Saturday evening J and I went in for the Fair Board Supper and the Rodeo.

It’s a small County Fair.  Each species of animals has about a dozen entries.  Kids and Open class exhibitors showed hogs, dairy goats, meat goats, sheep, dairy and beef cattle.  The show concluded with the Round Robin Showmanship contest.

The weather was beautiful.  Crisp mornings with a slight breeze and comfortable afternoon temps.  Saturday night was perfect for a Rodeo.  Not hot and no bugs.  I am not a huge Rodeo fan, but I do enjoy evaluating the horses.  That’s the livestock judge coming out in me.  It’s fun to got to town for a good meal and socialize.

This years livestock entires and crowd was down from previous County Fairs.  There are always familiar faces watching the shows.  Below is pictured a long time area rancher, his wife was helping with the Open Class Static Show.  The gentlemen on the right is a highly decorated World War II Veteran and skilled horseman.

Our future is held in the hands of youth.  New 4-Hers and soon to be 4-Hers have fun at the fair too!  May us in the middle have open minds to listen to the stories of our elders and open hearts to teach our youth.


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8 Responses to County Fair

  1. Nancy says:

    Robyn — I love these images. I feel the smaller the fair, the better. You captured the essence of the county fair beautifully. 🙂

  2. Candy C. says:

    It looks like a great County Fair! Ours just isn’t what it used to be either. It seems to be more about the midway and carnival rides than the livestock and home arts.
    Those are some strange looking sheep, at first glance, it looks like they don’t have eyes! :0

    • Robyn says:

      One nice thing about our little fair is NO carnival rides! Saturday afternoon they have a play day. There are stick horse races and horse games for the kids and kids at heart.

  3. emily says:

    I remember 4-H…my sisters and I all took part in it before we moved out of NE. I learned sewing and some baking as a 4-Her, though I don’t own a sewing machine now, I’d love to re-learn how to sew simple things.

    • Robyn says:

      We did sewing, baking, gardening and photography as kids. When I got to be a teenager I focused on my livestock projects. I was not much for sewing.

  4. Wynn says:

    Many memories of this fair exhibiting and being on the board. I think I know that rancher and his budd y.

  5. I love these shots! I was in 4-H, my sister and I had horses and wanted to be in that club, but it was full. So my mom signed us up for the Cooking 4-H, and we won at the county fair and went on to the Western Washington State Fair, go figure! Thank you for sharing on WTS#44!

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