Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fair Fun!!

The Budweiser Clydesdales after one of their performances (and no, they did not hand out free samples:))


Tyler and my nephew, Kelton walking round the fair.


Can I just mention how much we have loved the fair????? Although we've had some rather late nights.....

We decorated Thursday night from 6:00 to 9:30, Friday afternoon was move-in and set up day (we were there until 11:00 p.m.), and it's been fun ever since.


And in taking the photos off my camera, I didn't think I had taken that many pictures....but I did.....57 of them to be exact - in 5 days.....

Tyler and Jessie both did the kiddie tractor pull.....





Neither Tyler nor Jessie actually placed in the tractor pull - Tyler pulled 44 inches out of 50, and Jessie pulled 26 inches out of 50. They had an actual mini tractor pulling sled for the kids - Tyler's class (4 and 5 year olds - there were 54) had to pull 80 lbs. Jessie's class (the 8 and 9 year olds - there were 46) had to pull 200 lbs. If you go to my Mom's blog - she had better pictures!

Rode on rides.......










And the girls showed their calves......


The girls did fantastic for their first year of showing beef animals. Emily got a 6th out of 11 with her feeder calf and a 7th out of 15 in showmanship. Kara got 5th out of 8 in the feeder calf class and 9th out of 15 in showmanship. The problem is (as in any fair) some of these people go all out - the calf that got grand champion feeder calf they spent $2,500 for the calf. But heck, the grand champion market lamb the parents spent $7,000 on!?!?!? (and they might get $500 out of it at the sale tonight). And we just pulled ours out of the field. But the girls had fun, and they are anxious to show again next year. And as we say....our kids will probably never ever be in the running for grand champion - I just cannot see spending that kind of money.

And the kids got to play with their friends for days on end. That is our camper in the background that we had down there. Cheerleaders in the making here?



We also have a camper down there for food - what a blessing! I think I've spent $60 so far, and that includes the tickets for both Todd and I to get in and ride passes one day for the kids ($18). Of course, we are eating way too well with 3 families bringing in food....
And my quilts. I don't have pictures yet (heck, I didn't even get to that end of the fairgrounds until Saturday to see how they did. The pinwheels took 3rd out of 26, and my chicken table topper took 3rd out of 22 or 23. So I'm happy.
We are going back to the fair tonight - so I will make sure I get down there where the quilts are to get some pictures. The 1st place quilt in my class was absolutely beautiful!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Kris






13 comments:

jacquie said...

What a blast! Congrats to the girls!!! Having been in 4-H I know the kind you are talking about...and truth be told, the parents did most of the work on those champion steers. Good for you letting the kids take the lead and have fun!!!

audreypawdrey said...

That had to have been so much fun! Congratulations to the girls for all their work and for their ribbons and congratulations to you for placing with your quilts! I showed horses in 4-H and there were always the parents that shipped the horse off for professional training right up to the day of the show. They learn more by doing it themselves and will be more proud of their accomplishments.:)

farm mom said...

First off congrats on those placements on the quilts!! That is awesome!!! Sheesh! I had no idea people spent that much $ and were that competitive with 4H! That's sad, really. The kids should really be on equal footing in these kinds of things.

Lib said...

Hi Kris,
Congrads on ya'll's placements.
Wow, I had no idead people send that kind of $ to win asm. amount compared to what they win. Unreal !
Hope you're having a great wk. it appears so :o)
Blessins',Lib

Philigry said...

t is so great about your quilts! your kids look like they had a great time, and did a great job showing the animals!
so fun!

The Kramer Family said...

How fun! Our fair is next week. I had no idea until we moved here that you get to miss school for the fair in small towns! How cool is that?

Have a great week!

Gizmo said...

Congratulations to you and the girls! We show sheep and goats. We also teach our kids to have fun, and the ribbons will come! The hard work will shine through. The girls are learning the "right way". :) Our Grand Champion lamb was a similar cost...out of the same bloodlines we charged kids $150 for their lambs (we took Res, 3rd and 4th).

warren said...

I absolutely love going to the fair. It is one of my favorite things in life. I used to show bee stuff in the Wilson County (TN) fair and it was the best time of year. Congrats on all the fun!

sugarcreekfarm said...

Sounds like you guys had a great fair! I know what you mean about the 4-H livestock - our kids are well coached that they're not going to be grand champions ;) They don't care, they're having fun. The water fights with their friends while washing hogs or horses or cattle are their favorite times!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What tremendous fun you are all having!! Congratulations on winning a place for your quilts - you must be thrilled! What a great experieince for the kids to participate in the fair.

Gina said...

What a great time you are having. I bet your girls had a better time showing their calves than the winners did. Think of all that pressure.
Love the photos of the girls enjoying themselves.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

chook said...

wow it sounds like you are having fun
congrats to all the kids
and congrats to you for your places in the quilting
hugs Beth

chook said...

wow it sounds like you are having fun
congrats to all the kids
and congrats to you for your places in the quilting
hugs Beth