Last week was our county fair. It's three days of 4-H bucket calves, dirt and sweat and stinky, carnival rides, funnel cakes, mutton busting, monster trucks and tractor pulls, visiting with neighbors and friends, 100 bottles of water, 100 times saying, "Please don't stare at the toothless, tattooed and randomly pierced carnival workers, it's not nice." They stared anyway.
No matter how much work it all is or how hot the temps get, Steve and I love seeing the boys give their best efforts in showing their calves - all the while grinning from ear to ear as they run around with friends and cousins, taking it all in, filled with delight....and corn dogs and lemonade and funnel cakes.
Here are a few pics I took from the day the boys showed their calves:
Before they show their calves in the arena, they boys each go through a judges interview. They have a set of questions to study that helps them prepare, then they are on their own, one-on-one with the judge, no parents allowed!
Getting spiffed up is all a part of the experience! The week before the fair we go to the Crazy House, a local western store, and the boys all pick out new shirts and jeans to wear. Surprisingly, as much as they hate to shop or could care less about what they wear, they love this! With Charlie being sick the days before the fair, I didn't have time to take the boys in for hair cuts, so they sat patiently while I gave 'em a little trim and reviewed the questions.
While I prepped Ben and Andrew for their interviews, George got a little help trimming up his calf, Blaze, for the show.
After they're trimmed up, the calves get a nice cool soapy bath. Then, they're taken out into the sun to dry.
Leading the calves in single file is no easy task, but the boys handled it incredibly well. They get that gift of "herding" from me, since I do it every day. (Snicker.)
Whew! What a big day! Three little Wrangler bottoms rest on the fence and chat about their experiences. Next year Henry will join them, and soon Charlie. What wonderful memories!
Is there a better way to end the day than with
crazy carnival rides and funnel cakes?
I think not!