Saturday, June 10, 2017

Day at the fair...

It's that county fair time of year, so I went down to watch granddaughter, Lauren sell her FFA project steer. 
Weather was sunny, but cool, perfect for all the stock.

Got to see Marymine (she works the sale, so not much chat time with her), her crew, and visit with lots of friends.

Here are some random photos to give you an idea of the day: 

Helping each other make sure uniforms were just so,




4Hers and their lambs getting lined up,


FFA girl & her lamb waiting their turn to go in the sale ring, with a cage of Champion chickens behind her.



and this little cutie and her Grand Champion 4-H hog (wish I had gotten her name). Just wanted to give her a hug and a "you got this with that smile!"



Lauren waiting in the barn to be called to the sale ring. (It's been a long week for these kids)



Lauren and her steer outside the ring.



Lauren & her steer in the sale ring.


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 It was a Good Day at the fair.

 

17 comments:

  1. The community college I went to was a "feeder school" for the ag program at the University of Illinois, and I had a lot of 4H and FFA friends there.

    And I grew up with a lot of "farm kids", and spent time on various farms. Maybe that's why Colorado is calling me so strong.....

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    1. I was a 4-H member for many years, my kids and their kids have all been in 4-H or FFA. The Cowman and I were both beef leaders at one time. It's a great program for farm & ranch kids.

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  2. A good day and a fair day.

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  3. I know enough about ranching to know it's not for me. Looks like you all had fun.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      It isn't for everyone, what a boring world if we all liked the same things.
      I had fun, long day for the kids.

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  4. Great pics, and the satisfaction of seeing the kids do well! :-)

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    1. Old NFO,
      Thanks, it's fun to see how excited the young kids get. There were a few tears by some of the older kids when they came out of the ring and realized this was their last go round. Off to college next year. Interesting to hear the variety of colleges they are going to: Oklahoma State U, U of Oregon, Cal Poly, Davis, Texas A&M, and others...

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  5. Wonderful photos Brig, thanks. This is the first year we haven't had a kid showing a critter. Who'd think you'd miss living in a barn for a week shoveling poo, ha ha. I miss it and so do they.

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    1. Thanks Celia. I only have a few more years of seeing mine show. There is a funny story about Lauren's boyfriend and his champion turkey selling...

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  6. I grew up in an FFA and 4-H area. The movie "Napoleon Dynamite" had FFA segments that was reminiscent. I avoided the FFA crowd because while we owned horses, we were not 'farmers' and thus were excluded.

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    1. Larry,
      The FFA segments in the movie are far from my or my kids experience with 4-H or FFA or working on farms/ranches.
      There are jackwagons in every business.
      I worked for my Dad for no pay, but I got a roof over my head and good food. Worked for other outfits, we got paid check or cash on time, got a good lunch or packed our own, got an hour for lunch, and a good dinner if we had to work longer. This was the norm in our area of the country.

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  7. My kids were both in 4-H with my daughter going on to FFA through high school. I remember well all those times at the fair. We would bring our little vacation trailer to stay for the 4 nights. Lots of work for the kids, but they learn so much. Congrats to your granddaughter.

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    1. Rain,
      Thanks, Lauren had two steers, they changed the weight limits this year and her best steer was sifted at #10 lbs under. He was also the best one to take into showmanship, but he went home. He will go in the locker for the ranch foremans families, an expensive lesson for Lauren.

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  8. Your fairs are early! August is fair time here. That is very nice steer, she should be proud!

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    1. Scott,
      Ours seem to be all over the place, May through Sept.
      Thanks, she did good!

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  9. The County Fair always was the highlight of the summer when I was that age. I was in a town 4-H group, and we had plenty of fun, even though none of us raised animals (at least, as I recall). We did have plenty of friends in the country, through, and helping them ready their animals for show was always part of the routine. I must say -- that's one fine looking steer your grand-daughter has. Interesting about the weight limits. Live and learn.

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