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16 August 2013

The County Fair


This lovely ram looked like such a wise old goat!
Our 2013 County Fair is now in progress. My friend, Lauren, and I went and a few things really caught me eye. We seem to follow the same pattern every year. The animals are our favorites. I have a thing for goats , and always come close to nabbing a pygmy goat to bring home. Then I stop and consider that were I to bring a goat home, it is likely that DH and I would love it so much that it would have to become a pet. Tillie would freak out, and the house would be a total mess. Bad idea, but I do love goats!

This little cutie caught my eye, but when he stood up to try to eat our 'just purchased' baskets, we noticed that he/she seemed to have what looked like a broken leg! Whether broken or not it was swollen and he/she was avoiding putting weight on it. We pointed it out to someone and I hope that the leg was looked at quickly
I also have a yen for ducks and who could resist these little quackers with their mom. 
A yearly ritual. Buying baskets from a vendor who has come to the fair for all of the years that I can remember. He is, I believe, from Ghana ,and he goes there to purchase the baskets that he sells. I bought one large and one colorful mini. Lauren also got her own yearly  duo.

This is a ride that I had never seen before and, even at my age, it looked like fun. 
Here you see the little girl on the left is "being inflated" in her bubble. The child stands up, and the bubble is inflated around them. It is then zipped up and the bubble is rolled into the huge pool. You can see someone on the left trying to stand up in the bubble which seems to have been the thing that they all tried to do, but none quite made it. It sounded like they were all having a lot of fun.

If I was younger and my back was in better shape I could see the possibility that I might have embarrassed myself by trying it out! I thought that until my next thought was about how the inside of those bubbles were most likely not well disinfected. Later that evening when I showed these ride photos to DH he wryly commented " ...I bet that they are even disinfected once a year".... hummmmm.... I really must cease my germ-o-phobic thoughts!

There has been rain for the Fair this year, but I think that today and tomorrow will be much more clear and I bet the crowds will be large! 

I entered two shawls in the Textile Arts division, and I received two blue ribbons. I honestly had not expected blues. Our Judge is very good and relatively strict,  and so , coming from her, the blues mean something. I'm quite pleased! Next year I hope to have a quilt ready to enter along with some more knits.



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