Country Fair is a delightful tapestry of agricultural tradition blended with the colors of the midway. The fruits of the harvest are proudly displayed, judged, and shared with the community.
4-H children are seen leading small lambs and cows into stalls while feeding and nurturing them. Home baked pies and treats are for sale by the surrounding community.
For a short time we can enjoy with our family the freshness of summer and this blue sky from the lofty perspective of a gondola that is attached to a Ferris Wheel...
.: Clear blue skies and white fluffy clouds made for a beautiful ride up into the skies! :.
.: I had the strongest mama urge to hold one of these sweet sleeping piglets! I can hardly stand it! They are so cute! :.
.: It's feeding time! Look at all of the gorgeous fiber! :.
.: We enjoyed walking through the chicken barn. The many varieties of chickens were all a delight to visit! The bantam roosters are a favorite! :.
.: It was very cute to notice two little girls gather eggs to place into this basket just as soon as the hens could lay them! :.
.: The colors of this day were incredible! :.
.: Hula hooping our day away to the sounds of the band that played nearby! :.
.: Honey bees working hard as we watch them intently through a clear glass frame! :.
.: Here we purchased honey sticks and blocks of beeswax! :.
.: Incredibly sweet scented wax - I will share in a later post what we will be using this for! :.
.: The large barn displayed many antique artifacts depicting early farm life. This "Wash Wednesday" was one of my very favorites! :.
.: This barn was inspiring. I enjoyed seeing each antique farm implement and the way they were arranged :.
.: Small lollipops hide among the hay--an inspiring idea for a party! :.
.: In another inspiring corner of the barn, an antique wheel barrow is set out with dirt and potatoes buried under the dirt. The children were encouraged to dig the potatoes and throw them into the basket below! :.
.: Outside of the barn was a pitcher pump atop a whiskey barrel. :.
.: Soap was added to the barrel with enamelware pitchers and cups to collect the soapy water. I am now looking for a hand pump to create our own wash station in the backyard at home. :.
.: The pitcher full of soapy water was brought over to a galvanized tub with a wash board for the children to use in play! We also stayed here for quite some time! :.
.: The laundry line was held up on either end by two decorative iron plant trellises. It would be sweet to have vines growing up them! :.
.: We just never tire of hanging laundry around here! In work and in play there is a peaceful meditation that accompanies the clothesline! :.
.: This little girl had a calf of her very own! How incredibly sweet is she with her pink cowgirl boots and calf with pink lead at her side! :.
.: We felt very lucky to have an up close and personal visit with a few other sweet cow friends! :.
.: These sweet babies were born in March! :.
.: This was the...
.: Most memorable...
.: moment of our WEEK!! :.
.: We walked among the vendors tents and came home with a special treat! :.
.: Here is the treasure that we came home with in memory of our visit to the country fair--a family of alpacas that have seen many play times! :.
.: We ended our time at the country fair with a rainbow of colors lining our path and three sleepy little ones with many memories in their hearts. :.