Hello Everyone! I have been pretty awful about keeping up the last several weeks. I cannot tell you how often I think about writing to you and sharing parts of my day with you. This past week we had a fun family outing with the opportunity to visit our local state fair. We opted to go on dollar day and it was honestly the best $3 spent all month! Walking into the gates the smell of sweets, fried food and grilling filled the air. You could hear the laughter and music from several families and groups of people. Craig was immediately smitten with a large diesel truck that was available to enter and win. He has high hopes one day he will win of these trucks. I do not share the same admiration for these vehicles, but it definitely aids his daydreaming. I humored him briefly as he entered to win and I know he is keeping his fingers crossed. We headed toward the 4H barn, which for those of you unfamiliar with a 4H barn, it is primarily for youth and children. I will be completely honest, I truly adore this barn and seeing all the baby animals to pet. From a litter of chocolate lab puppies to a six week old baby calf, Emie and I were completely smitten! There were baby chicks, a pony, and goats with several other animals in between. From the 4H barn, we headed to the horse stables to look at the horses. The stables were relatively empty as most of the horses were across from the stables in the arena competing. We walked to the arena and watched the horses ride around. They are such gorgeous animals. We went from the arena to the Dairy Barn and I can honestly say, the Dairy Barn is my most favorite place at the fair.
That evening all of the steer where getting freshly washed, blow dried and brushed for competition. The equipment used to get these animals looking their very best is extensive. I adore cows! The fact they were freshly cleaned, made them even more inviting! I could pet them, let them lick us and have wonderful times giving them extra lovies. The farmers for these steer were so friendly and informative. What I find most impressive is the young people who work hard on the families’ ranches and play a major role in how the animals are cared for. I learned so much from them, and honestly, they inspire me to go and buy land and fill it with livestock and animals! They would tell us about the breeds, ages, names, or anything else you could possibly imagine! Many of the steer were competing to be sold. The hard part of any conversation about the steer is that if they are sold at the fair they would be taken to slaughter and if not sold they would be going home to eventually be slaughtered. It’s so hard to be so drawn to an animal that ultimately is used for food. I would venture to say we spent an hour in the Dairy Barn!
From there we headed back to the horse stables since the horses were out of the arena. We were happily petting and feeding these large and gentle animals. We were able to speak again with different ranchers and owners of the horses and learn about the competition they would be doing in the coming days. I find it entertaining and informative to learn so much about all these different animals. Emie was thrilled to pick up large handfuls of hay and feed the horses! She also loved their ticklish whiskers and warm breath coming out of their noses. By the time we were done with the horses, the night was over! Things were closing down and we were headed back to the car. We were able to walk through various vendors and watch some of the rides in the Midway. I would say one of my favorite rides to see at night would be Ferris Wheels. I am beyond frightful of heights so getting on most, if any, rides is impossible for me. However, I do enjoy watching others riding! I am hoping Emie has inherited a bravery gene and will show her mommy how things are done. I hope you have enjoyed reading my fair stories today. Thank you for stopping and I’m hoping your day is absolutely fabulous!