Yesterday my friend Karin and I went to the Sandwich Fair. Each year over the Columbus Day holiday weekend, this Country Fair is held. People put their best pies, cakes, cookies, jellies, jams, and loaves of bread into a contest to see who is the best Chef, and the kids in the 4-H program bring their livestock to be judged.
4-H is a global network of youth organizations whose mission is “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development”.
I spoke to many people who brought their animals to the event. But this one teenager captured my heart. As I was walking by her was lying down in the hay with his Bull (Cow).
The Bull kept snuggling the boys neck and the boy would stroke his neck and cuddle with him. I asked how big the Bull was? The young man told me, quite proudly, that the Bull weighs 2500 pounds! That is one big Bull!
But, here was this enormous creature, who was loving and kind with his teenager. Such a beautiful picture!
Here is another Bull Cow. I thought that he also was quite handsome.
I am actually a great lover of all farm animals. I look forward to going to these Fairs and to Zoos as well, so I can see them.
Here is another young man with his team, getting ready for the “Log Pull”. He was so proud of his team.
They also had “Horse Pulls”, where teams of horses pull cement blocks. Not just any cement blocks, but very heavy cement slabs.
I stood patting the soft nose of this magnificent creature. I enjoyed every moment and so did Karin.
We went into the area where they had Floral Arrangements, and there was a straw and flower arrangement depicting a horse and his saddle.
The next photo was taken as we walked across a small footbridge. The leaves are just starting to change, and the stream was flowing along so beautifully.
Yes, I met another new friend, this handsome young goat! I have always enjoyed goats.
And lastly, I saw these weird goats with no ears. At first glance, I thought that the goat might have had an ear chewed off, but it turns out this is an actual breed of a goat! It’s called an American LaMancha Goat, that was first bred in California, by Faye Frey, in the early 1940’s.
The Fair was a wonderful success and a great time for us, and those that attended. The weather yesterday was perfect and we were able to enjoy the event without becoming overheated. I also saw many local friends and their children and grandchildren. This is part of the joy and fun of a local Country Fair!