Sunday, September 6, 2009

summer time-the fair!!!

after listening to prarie home companion's minnesota state fair episode last night on the radio, i realized i still had time to post about our country fair-even though it was weeks ago.

i actually crawled out from underneath my rock and spun in "public" for 4 hours. i don't usually do this. i'm more of a behind the scenes kinda gal- love helping with set up or tear down. but generally don't do things that involve communicating with the general public-yes, i'm a true hermitess at heart! but spinning with friends made it easier for me. i can't believe i did not take one picture of the fiber area-so lame!

my most favorite part of the fair is always the animals. i should have been born on a farm. in fact visiting my aunt/uncle's farm when i was a child was the best time ever for me.

COWS-love 'em- here's holly she was my favorite-wanted to take her home!

the animal bonds were sweet:

and of course the merino sheep-the fiber we would sell our children for...are so magestic and regal! gee- he looks a little stoned. california happy sheep!

this guy is blowing the hair off his steer for showing.

horses-what can i say? wish i could trade my car in for one. my fav-the work/draft breeds. the gentle giants. riding them bareback-always a joy!!!! nice neck!!!

liam scored this year at the fair. carey-is 17.5 and didn't want to enter anything this year.

5 blue ribbons-2 photos, a poem, a hand carved power pole, and a bottle collection. his bottle collection brought in best of show:(note the wool roving under the bottles!)

here's a close up of the power pole model:

i will post his poem later as you can't see it. okay enough mama bragging.

the fair is always fun for us. no deep fried butter for me. we always go back every year to see our favorite stuff-the mobile beehive, checking out the tractors, animals, leering at the republican booth, we always hit the "beef-it's whats for dinner" booth, the narrow gauge project-the local model train diorama, no veggie brats this year:( i'm so lucky my kids are NOT into rides and we can avoid the midway totally- liam won't even walk thru it. bummer for me as i love the people watching and checking out the carnis. the boys saw more of the fair than i did as i was spinning. carey and girlfriend sage hung out at his favorite booth-the vita mix! they know him now! i so want a vita mix but jeeze- they are the price of a spinning wheel!!!! you can never have too many spinning wheels.

what? i gotta make dinner-later!


Birdsong said...

Does Liam know you would sell/trade him for merino sheep? I loved seeing all your pictures and think it is awesome he won so many ribbons. I started thinking about matching my spinning to the fair entry list so I have a better chance next year.

soxchik said...

Awesome job to Liam. I really love colored glass, so I get such a kick out of his bottles and insulators.

Sharon said...

It's a great fair. I was so exhausted after the demonstration part that I was happy to make it home safe. I want to do it again next year, only Ian's driving and we're sleeping over.