My main reason for not getting pictures posted daily was that it turned out to be a rough fair for me. The weather just did not cooperate. It was hot and humid, and we had storms several nights in a row (all super hard on FMS). I spent much of the time in bed in the camper. :-/
Anyhow, here's what we've been up to the past couple of weeks (be prepared for a LOT of pictures):
Sunday - 7/18
I made a gluten free lasagna that was YUMALICIOUS! I'm not a big fan of cooked spinach, but it added such a great flavor and I loved it. I put the leftovers in baggies and froze them to eat at the fair.
Monday - 7/19 --- OFF TO THE FAIR!
Today Austin had his tractor judged at the fair (he's pictured with it and the judges). I can't tell you how proud I am of this kid and the awesome job he did on his tractor. He put so many hours over the past year into rebuilding the engine and fully restoring the body. His hard work paid off. He received a purple ribbon, which is the highest you can get. They awarded a plaque to the top point getter, and the judges said there was less than 10 points between the top 5 guys, and Austin was told by his FFA adviser that he was one of the five. He was the only sophomore in that group.
Tuesday - 7/20
Tonight was the county fair parade, which signals the official start of the fair. Ashley & Chelsea rode their horses as members of the local saddle club.
Here's Ashley on her horse "Max".
And Chelsea is on her horse "Doc".
The county fair queen contestants ride in the parades in convertibles. Austin drove the convertible for his cousin Cassie who is competing.
Wednesday - 7/21
Tonight was the county fair queen contest. Unfortunately Cassie didn't win, but she looked beautiful, and did a great job. We're really proud of her!
Thursday - 7/22
No picture today. :( I had a bad night, so I went home the night before and was in bed all day. I returned Friday afternoon. I hated missing any of the fair.
Friday - 7/23
I don't remember who it was, but someone asked how we wash the pigs. Well, here ya go...This first picture is Jay who is rinsing Austin's pigs while Austin cleans out their pen. It was super hot all week, so the kids/parents all took turns walking their pigs to the wash racks to cool them down several times a day.
This 2nd picture is a picture of Austin's girlfriend. The kids use shampoo on their pigs and strong bristled brushes. For the most part, the pigs stand there and give happy little grunts. It must feel good I guess. Once they are done getting them all scrubbed clean, they rinse them good and put them back in their pens.
Saturday - 7/24
HOG SHOW! Today is the big day for us and the kids. I'll do a separate post to explain how the show goes (for you city slickers lol), but here's a picture of each of the kids. This first one is of Austin. The show stick he is holding is used as a way to guide your pig your pig in the direction you want it to go.
Ashley won the graduate class for showmanship, and overall senior showmanship!
Chelsea had a great day also. One of her pigs won champion middle weight gilt (girl pig), grand champion gilt (over all gilts and all weights), and then reserve grand champion pig overall.
Sunday - 7/25
Today the "Parade of Champions" was held. Anyone that won a trophy during the week got to bring their trophy(ies) into the show arena along with their winning animal, so fairgoers could see all the winners. Their names are announced and they announce what they won. People usually have someone else carry their trophy(ies). This first picture is of Chelsea.
And here is Ashley in the "Parade of Champions".
After that was the Supreme Showmanship Competition. Anyone that won Senior showmanship with their animal competes. They set up the arena with 8 stations, one for each species of animal exhibited at our fair (and it's usually the winning animal that is used). Competitors go from station to station and basically do an abbreviated form of showmanship, and they answer questions about that species. The top points getter is named "Supreme Showman" and they get a traveling trophy. Since Ashley won with her pig, she got to compete.
Here is Ashley at the swine station answering question on the different cuts of a pig.
Next was the poultry station. Getting the chickens out of the cages can be tricky!
Next was the dog obedience station.
Then she moved on to the rabbit station (she used to show rabbits and won showmanship with her rabbit once, so that was helpful for her)
After that she moved on to the horse station. Here she is trying to get the horse to set up with all four hooves lined up.
That was followed by the goat station. The goat didn't seem too happy to have to be there. lol
Then she moved on to the beef station. Unfortunately the cow must have not liked blondes because she wouldn't even let Ashley near her. Here Ashley is trying to tell the cow who is supposed to be boss, which got a chuckle from the crowd.
Since that didn't work, the handler instead just judged her on her knowledge of beef. That cow really didn't like her. lol
The last station was the sheep station.
Unfortunately she didn't win (although we did hear that she came in 2nd by only 6pts, but that can't be confirmed). Chelsea won last year, and the winner from the previous year passes on the trophy to the new winner, which just happened to be our newly crowned fair queen.
Monday - 7/26
Today is the last day of the fair. It's the day of the livestock auction. Any animal that can be used for meat can be put on the auction. The pigs will go to market and get market price. At the auction, area businesses or indiviuals bid and buy them. They still go to market, but the auction price is higher than market price. Basically it's just a nice thing businesses do for the kids to recognize all their hard work.
The order of pictures is Chelsea, Ashley and then Austin
Tuesday - 7/27
We're home from the fair. After a long and eventful week, I enjoyed a nice long relaxing soak in the hot tub today.
Wednesday - 7/28
Our other farm cat had her 4 kittens and the two mothers started a coop. They actually moved all their kittens together into an old tub in the corner of the garage and they take turns nursing them all. We were going to move them into a box with an old towel under them, but both mothers (who are very tame) hiss at us when we even try to get near the babies.
Thursday - 7/29
This evening we moved Chelsea into her new apartment. She was tired of all the roommate drama, so she is now in a really nice little one bedroom. This was the group asking Chelsea where to put everything.
Friday - 7/30
We had a storm come through this morning. This picture was actually taken around 9:00 in the morning. It was dark enough that our yard security light came on.
Saturday - 7/31
This is one of my favorite pictures of the week. We did a little shopping in the city where Ashley goes to school, so she met up with us. She wanted to look at a shirt, but couldn't find one of those hooks, so she used my cane instead. She got a lot of looks as she did it, and we were both cracking up. But it worked! lol
Whew! There you have it. A very busy 2 weeks. We now have about 10 more days before we go to the state fair next. Can't wait!
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