State Fair Week is officially over and we are exhausted from all the fun! Â We took our vacations from work to prepare for the fair and get a lot done on the farm. Â We had our first homesteading poultry slaughter day and ate chicken-n-dumplings for dinner that night. I’ll have to share more on this in a later post 🙂
Once it was time to get the goats in place for fair shows, all work on the farm came to a standstill. Â We were up and out the door early, usually home midday for a short break and then back at the fairgrounds again until dark. Â The animals at home were fed most nights by the light of highbeams!
The Dairy Goat Shows were held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Â The Girl showed Milky in the Junior Show on Friday and Milky took 3rd place in her class, 3 year olds. Â The Girl didn’t go back in to compete for Junior Showmanship; she was a little preoccupied with rabbits … more on that in a minute.
On Saturday, both the Girl and Boy Genius participated in the Open Show. Â Milky, handled again by the Girl, took 5th place in her class. Â Prada, shown by Boy Genius, took 6th place in her class, 2 yr olds, and 10th place in the special class, best udder.
The Arkansas Goat Producers Association hosted their annual costume party on Thursday night (with a repeat on Friday night, I believe) — there were some great costumes on the people and the goats. Â The kids really enjoyed playing in their costumes and, of course, the candy.
The Girl was thrilled when one of the club photographer’s mistook her for a boy in her ninja costume and thought it was hilarious that her princess friend didn’t know she was under the mask at first. Â Boy Genius loved being a skeleton but eventually tossed the mask – once he realized there was no mouth hole – to get busy on his candy. Â Wonder Boy didn’t make it far with the hood of his Scooby-Doo costume on but fell asleep that night in the furry body suit.
Ever since the Spring Livestock Show when the Girl watched a rabbit show for the first time, she’s been begging for one of her own. Â Well, after a few months (and the backup pleas of Mema), Daddy caved. Â The Girl came home with her first rabbit, a tortoise colored Dutch buck.
The plan now is to find a Dutch doe for Boy Genius … apparently we are now in the rabbit business.
Of course, the fair wouldn’t be the fair without the rides and food. Â Saturday was Boy Genius’ 8th birthday, so he got his choice of rides, ice cream and toys. Â I snuck a funnel cake for myself. 😉
Spending day after day at the fairgrounds, hanging out with friends and all the animals is a blast but definitely wears on you. Â By yesterday afternoon I had a sore throat and today I’m convinced my sinuses are crashing and taking my whole body down with them. Â I can only imagine how the dust and dander must reak havoc on my fellow showgoers who choose to camp on grounds! Â Nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade the experience. 🙂
See our farm’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/farmatapplehill)Â for more photos from the fair!