We went to the animal fair

We’re having a blast. Tuesday came bright and early with the opening of the cowgirl cut & curl salon. Holstein and Red & White ladies were washed, dried and groomed to perfection. This one was awarded Grand Champion honors in the Red & Whites class. She was later crowned Supreme Champion. She’s truly the dairy queen!

Speaking of dairy queens, this little girl wants to be a professional show girl. She showed hers, theirs and anyone else’s yesterday. Need a hand in the show ring? She’s happy to oblige.

Then we have long legs Louise. She and Sierra had a grand time parading around the ring.

She’s thinking, “Oh pleeeaase let me know the answer to his question!” That’s the judge, by the way. I always like a judge who talks to young exhibitors. They’re learning the ins and outs of showing. Conversations with a kindly judge make the biggest impact.

After showing their heifers, my girls showed others. I’m not sure if they were recruited or maybe they begged to do so. They love it — especially my middle child. And they let her keep the ribbons. When you’re nine, it feels like you won, not the cow!

And after dairy duty it was

Time for the Hog Show!


Her first year in 4-H. Her first market hog project. Her first time in the show ring. Before the actual competition they have a showmanship contest. She entered the novice class.  

We have been practicing maneuvering a pig around the ring for months. We talked about staying calm and steady. Eye contact with the judge is imperative. And of course, flash those baby blues and a brilliant smile every once in awhile. Above all else, keep your pig moving and in front of the judge.

Guess what?


She flashed him a killer smile and gave him a blue-eyed look that knocked his socks off. It was so radiant he smiled in return and actually took a step back. 

And just in case he didn’t see her that time, she continued to weave her pig in and around the other competitors and back and forth in front of the judge. She was fantastic. I think several occasions in the dairy show ring gave her a bit of an edge. Her smile was brighter than the ring lights when she was awarded first place, Novice Showmanship. Yes, very proud Mama, here.

But I’m also a very proud aunt.


This is my niece … another first-time pig wrangler.

She and Boss Hogg won a bright red second-place ribbon. We were so excited! And now all three girls are talking about next year!

I’m very proud of them all!

P.S. You don’t know it, but up there in the middle of this post I was interrupted by seven cantankerous steers running loose near the house. Thank goodness for a long line of round bales acting as a wall. By the time Farmguy arrived home from the fair, we had all steers back in the feedlot. My daughter was sitting as sentry by the hole in the fence, eating a Popsicle and occasionally waving her arms. But that’s not all. Farmguy was late because the truck died. Just stopped, right in the middle of the road. He walked part of the way.

Now THIS is the stuff a good reality show could be made of. We would include a few manure splashes and shots of sweat rolling down dusty faces, a five year-old in his underpants and nothing else, chasing 800-pound steers while eating a chocolate chip cookie. There would be 10 year-olds steering pick-up trucks at the end of chains behind tractors. And then of course we’d go back to the fair. 

Entertainment at its best!

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    Holly July 20, 2011 (9:47 am)

    Great photos. LOVE county fairs. We have three trips to the State Fair to get through before our Labor Day weekend fair.

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    Sal July 20, 2011 (9:49 am)

    Weren’t those kids wonderful to watch? I loved it! Congrats to the girls and their support team!

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    Melinda July 20, 2011 (9:58 am)

    Congrats on the awards! Now that’s one tough hombre – in his undies, eating a chocolate chip cookie chaseng steers!

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    City Girl to Country Girl July 20, 2011 (10:16 am)

    Oh my goodness, I am deeply in love with cows (not in the literal sense, of course) and I’m so glad I found your blog. I can’t wait to read more. 🙂 Congrats to your daughters and your niece for winning those ribbons!

    City Girl to Country Girl

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    Mary Poppins July 20, 2011 (10:18 am)

    I was glad we were able to come watch!!! But I still say a ribbon for best in show should have gone to the guy helping in the ring with the red shirt & white ball cap 😉

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    Nancy July 20, 2011 (11:10 am)

    WOO HOO on the ribbons and awards, how cool! And DANG on the dead truck and cows loose. What a day! I so look forward to your posts, love them!

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    mothergoose July 20, 2011 (12:23 pm)

    Id watch! :+) so proud of everyone!

    PS farmguy better keep his eyes peeled! The fair boys are gonna be chasing those cutie pies before long!

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    Connie July 20, 2011 (7:17 pm)

    What fun! I suppose JoAnn has missed it all by choice though. Congrats on the ribbons. Loved the pictures. Those pigs had practice from the beginning when they would get out of their pen.

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    jeanie July 20, 2011 (10:00 pm)

    My favorite was always hog showmanship! I always thought no one could know who was showing who! What fun!

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    Robyn July 21, 2011 (3:07 pm)

    I love this post! Your kids are learning great life lessons, building friendships, working hard, and having fun!

    Have a great rest of the County Fair and keep us posted!

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    MAC July 22, 2011 (9:40 am)

    I love the look on Farm Guy’s Face! I think he was saying, “You better not put this picture on your #$@# blog.” LOL!!!

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