Ag Expo experience
Each year, the soil and water conservation district, agricultural entities and local businesses get together to host what’s called Ag Expo.
It’s a hubbub of activity for young and old … and lucky for us, it’s just over the hill. The kids enjoyed the festivities with Farmguy while I worked at the shop. They had a glorious day … beautiful weather mixed with fishing derbies and archery contests and science experiments and livestock. What could be better?
Some folks might think farming is black and white … but there are many shades of gray.
What works for one person may not work on another farm down the road. Farming is a bit of trial, error, dedication and determination, finding what works, then improving and adjusting and fine-tuning … constantly.
Kind of like photography. But not really.
Farming can be dangerous.
There are many perils involved and it’s good to learn about some of them at a young age.
These aren’t your common barnyard animal …
But they sure are cute and cuddly and useful and … gulp … expensive!
It’s good to strengthen your skill set when you’re a farmer … all sorts of things come in handy.
Especially if you’re nine and eager to show off your mad archery skills to the guy at the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s archery booth. Superb aim and excellent form … and a huge grin when he says in disbelief, “Have you done this before?”
I heard there were giggles.
No giggles here, however.
When told they should never, ever play with matches by a big cuddly bear named Smokey, little boys will adamantly refuse to shake hands.
Did you know worms could talk?
Me neither! Aren’t you glad I sent the camera along with Farmguy?
And here you have it … the most exciting event of the entire day.
The event my children have been talking about all week … the fishing derby.
They didn’t win. One didn’t even catch a fish. They had fun, though … at least that’s what I’m told.
There was an ear tag demonstration.
Incidentally, did you know this kind of cattle chute is called a head gate? Basically, it hugs the cow and makes it feel safe and secure, while still being able to see what’s going on. And that makes me think of a good movie you should be sure to see … Temple Grandin.
Ever heard of her? You can read some of her story, here.
Ever kayak? Some folks opted to give it a try.
I love this photo.
I can’t help but wonder a) What he’s thinking b) What he’s saying and c) What he’s about to say.
I’m sorry … that’s the best I could come up with.
It’s hard to write clever captions at 1 a.m. — which was the current time when I posted these lovely photos. Thanks again, Farmguy. You’re handy with a camera … so noted.
If you’re in the area, be sure to bring your kids on over to the Ag Expo next September. They’ll have a great time and you’ll learn something new … and at the very least, have some delicious food prepared by the local Amish ladies and the folks from the church on the hill.
Sweet September … autumn’s best of summer.