I still feel like I haven't even had time to process July yet. But, before August turns into September...let us talk about the fair.
If you know me, you know I love 4H. I love fair week. It is exhausting and dirty and hot (usually) but I love it. I love seeing the hard work come to fruition. I love to see the kids doing their thing (and not just mine). I love the community and the values.
The boys and their dogs at the end of the day. Caroline had to get in there, too.
As a fun memento, Patrick and Nathan were interviewed by a local paper and made front page! It was pretty exciting to see our boys "above the fold" and showcased because of their love for their dogs.
On to the Poultry Show. This year was interesting because of the Avian Flu outbreak. There were no chickens at the fair this year. In the photo above, Patrick was being questioned for the Showmanship Award. This year, Patrick competed in the Senior Division (against high schoolers) as a 6th grader. And, he won! He was pretty thrilled about that because he has won Showmanship every year now.
The last show of the week for us this year was the Rabbit Show. Which also, did not end well and of which I have no good pictures. Nathan's rabbit was sent home sick from the show. That was a disappointment for him. The blessing was that had she been sick another week when we had been really busy, she probably would have died. So, being at the fair saved her and gave us yet another learning experience! "Trial by fire" is not necessarily how we would like to learn things but sometimes it is the only way.
The thing about fair week, after all the hard work comes a lot of fun. More on that in the next post! Hopefully, that next post will happen before September.