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It’s fair time!

July 24, 2013
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Last week was our local county fair. And, just like last year, we spent a few hours each day from Wednesday to Sunday wandering around the fairgrounds.

But, first, came the fair parade Tuesday night. The kiddo’s t-ball team got to ride in the parade as they were t-ball tournament champions, so it was up to the kidlet to gather enough candy for the both of them (not a problem by any means!)

The mighty, mighty Mets!

The mighty, mighty Mets!

You know your town is hardcore about its fair parade when people start setting out chairs to reserve spots at 9 in the morning the day of the parade. But it’s worth it when you realize the parade has more than 150 entries and ends up being an hour long.

The official start of the fair was on Wednesday morning. The hub and some friends of ours brought the bucket calf to the barns that morning and shortly afterward it was time for the kiddo to have his projects “judged” for Clover Kids.

Practicing for 4-H in a few years.

Practicing for 4-H in a few years.

This year he took two photos and some cookies that he made (with some help).

Wednesday night was the rodeo, which all three kids enjoyed (although kid3 had more fun going up and down the grandstand bleacher steps than actually watching the rodeo).

Thursday was the kiddo’s bucket calf show, so we headed over before lunch to start getting Brownie the calf cleaned and ready. The calves needed to be washed, dried and brushed (including hooves) for the show. It’s usually a very wet process with the kids getting as much water on them as they do on the animals.

Waiting for his group to go

Waiting for his group to go

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Brownie was being a little stubborn

The kidlet watching from the fence.

The kidlet watching from the fence.

The bucket calf show is fairly basic, it’s mostly to teach the younger kids the basics of good animal husbandry and showing technique. They lead the animals once around the ring, line them up and then are asked a few questions by the judge.

Fielding questions from the judge

Fielding questions from the judge

The kiddo did a fine job. He said he liked doing the bucket calf a lot and now says he wants to raise cattle (or be a Veterinarian. Or a scientist. Or a chef.).

Of course, we had to stop and get homemade ice cream every day at the fair (and twice on Sunday before they ran out for good).

The ice cream makers.

The ice cream makers.

The music acts this year weren’t really my cup of tea (Love and Theft and Jerrod Niemann Thursday night, Eddie Money on Friday and then Joe Diffie and Marty Stuart on Saturday), not to mention that the concerts started too late for me and all the kiddos to go to (the hub was working at our church food stand at least one of the concert nights) so we skipped out on those.

Saturday was our all-day-at-the-fair day, starting at 8:30 in the morning with the scrambles.

Unsuspecting chickens

Unsuspecting chickens

The kidlet had graduated to catching chickens this year, but the disappointment of not catching the first chicken coupled with being overtired and overwhelmed by the cheering led to some tears. But watching the rest of the scrambles from daddy’s shoulders seemed to help.

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The kiddo was an old pro at catching chickens, having done it last year. He had a plan in place and was one of the first three in his age group to snag one, earning him a free homemade ice cream.

Ready, set...

Ready, set…

Triumphant smiles.

Triumphant smiles.

After checking on Brownie the calf (we had to check his stall numerous times a day to make sure he had enough food and water and clean out his bedding) the kiddo got signed up for the pedal pull.

He knew it was harder than it looks after trying his hand last year, and he was ready. Sometimes the tractor has other ideas, however, and his wheels got turned, making him lose momentum and only getting halfway down the pull.

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Those darn front wheels.

After a good lunch at the church food stand, and listening to some story time put on by the public library, it was wristband time. For $15, the kids had two hours of all-you-can-ride midway rides.

The kiddo has graduated to some of the “bigger” rides with names like mind winder and scrambler, while the kidlet still preferred the little cars and carousel.

The mind winder, he could get that sucker spinning good.

The mind winder, he could get that sucker spinning good.

The carousel was more her speed.

The carousel was more her speed.

But sometimes mom makes you ride on rides with your sibling whether you want to or not.

Goofballs.

Goofballs.

"Hi Mom !"

“Hi Mom !”

After the rides were done, we headed across the street to the area called Grandpa’s Farm. It’s a section that has old-fashioned farm equipment and demonstrations.

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This year they added a new attraction for kids called Franklin’s Farm Hands. It gives kids a hands on experience of different aspects of farm life, including planting seeds, feeding young livestock and driving a [pedal] tractor. Once the kids go through each area and get their sticker, they can turn them in for a treat at the end.

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Testing out the pedal tractor

Testing out the pedal tractor

Kid3 did not want to get off the tractor.

Kid3 did not want to get off the tractor.

The kids really enjoyed Franklin’s Farm Hands. It’s run mostly by local FFA members with assistance from their advisors, and I think each year it’ll get better.

After another supper at the church food stand, the kiddos wanted to go on the train ride again. We had to wait until the Wild West Show was done in the Pleasant Hill area, though.

lovely sunlight through Pleasant Hill

lovely sunlight through Pleasant Hill

Waiting for the train to get back

Waiting for the train to get back

The train ride is probably one of the cheapest, and most fun, attractions at the fair. For $0.50 you get a five-minute ride around a good portion of the fairgrounds and a chance to people watch and rest feet.

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My parents, husband, oldest sister and nephew waited on the benches at the depot while the kiddos, two cousins and I rode the train. Afterward, I was able to take a nice picture of three-fourths of our extended family. Saturday happened to be my parents’ 44th wedding anniversary. What better way than spending it with most of their daughters and grandkids at the fair.

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The only ones missing are my middle sister, her two youngest kids and me – I was behind the camera!

Sunday was yet another long day at the fair, with figure 8 and cruiser car races capping out the week. We’re still recovering from all the walking, working, exhibiting and eating, but we’re getting back into our normal routine. If you didn’t grow up around here, it can be difficult to understand why the fair is such a big deal for the community, and why we spend so much time there every day. It is a fantastic fair and a lot of hard work goes into planning it.

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