Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The 4 H Fair Continued, The Petting Farm and Other Livestock

All around the Fairground there are many animal displays. Petting farms, Pig Races, Pony rides, etc.

These baby animals are from the Barnyard Express. They focus on teaching children about raising farm animals.

These pigs were in the Livestock Barn. The Livestock Barn is divided into three sections Sheep, Cows and Pigs. In the center is the Show Arena and Auction. We were lucky to see the Pig Show. Each child (4 H only allows competitors between the ages of 5 and 19) brings their pig into the arena, then the pigs all run around willy-nilly and the children tap the pigs on the shoulder with a stick trying to get them to go a certain direction. The judge stands in the middle. I assume the children are trying to show all sides of the pig to the judge. Then one by one, the judge selects pigs to go into individual stalls. From these stalls he selects the winner and 2nd and 3rd place. The whole event is, of course, based on the pig, but also on showmanship and improvement. The judge explains why he chose or didn't choose each animal, which is helpful to the audience.

These animals were in the Petting Zoo area. Here is little Nora feeding (I think) a Llama. You pay a dollar and they give you a cup of sliced carrots to feed the animals.

This is the Scottish Highland Cow. The bangs are so cute!

These are gentle faced Brahmas with the signature hump on their back.

For information on the 4 H Fair click on the link below.

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