Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Venango County Fair Report

Well last week we were at the fair (for those who may not have known) we started the week in the rain and then Thursday for the auction, in the rain and then a little rain on and off Saturday, but that is standard fair weather.  The week started off with the Goat Show on Monday. To which Robert received Grand Champion Market Goat and Champion Breeding Goat. He also received Champion Fitter for Jr. Goats. If that wasn't enough, Robert received a 1st on his Genealogy 3 project, a 2nd on his Fire Safety project and a 3rd on his Small Engines Project. Garrett received a 2nd on his Farm Display, a 3rd on his pillow, a 1st on his shoebox float, a 2nd on his Christmas Ornament, a 2nd on his short story, & a 1st on his rocket. (there might have been a few projects that I missed, but I think those are the big ones:)

Robert's goat being evaluated in the show ring

Garrett with his dairy goat "Sunshine"

Robert and the Champion Market Goat and Malliah with the Reserve Champion Market Goat
 Tuesday was Hog day and this year we didn't have anything to show this day but watch nephew Andrew show his pig for the first time as a 4-H'er. He received 1st place in the weight class and a blue for showmanship.
Andrew with his pig
 Wednesday we continued to watch Andrew with his Dairy Beef, which he did well with and then it was Garrett's turn to Pull in the Pedal Tractor Pulls. He placed 3rd in his age division. You can watch him pull here (it is about a minute into the clip) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klkqIKgPgA0And That evening was the Dairy clipping contest, which Jr.'s can clip their animals and have someone give them clipping tips and pointers. So Robert clipped about 1/2 of has calf during the time frame and then we finished her up for Thursday morning.
Andrew with his beef "Butch"
 Thursday was Dairy Day and the boys, Robert, Garrett & Andrew all sowed a dairy calf. Robert and Andrew were 4-H'ers and they both received blue ribbon in fitting and showmanship. Robert received the Jr Showmanship Award and Andrew received the Jr. Fitting Award - so they shared nicely if nothing else. In the type class, Robert placed 3rd in 4-H and 6th in Open. Andrew ended up with Jr Champion of the 4-H Show and Reserve Supreme Champion of the 4-H Show. Then on to the 4-H Livestock Auction where Robert sold his Champion Goat and it was announced that he had received Jr Supreme Livestock Project.
Robert and Dazzle in the show ring

Andrew and Robert lined up for fitting awards
You can watch them in the ring here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um10ODRwqpc

Garrett showing Dazzle

Robert in the Sales Ring with Butterscotch and 2 champion banners

Friday was Farm Safety Day. The Farm Safety Club, (which Gary is a leader and Robert is a member) had farm safety demonstrations going on most of the day.

Farm Safety Hazard Hunt
Saturday, needless to say was raining and we were tired and a little lazy, but we went to the awards and then once it quit raining we enjoyed the Frogfest with the radio station on the pulling track - bonfire included.
It was a busy, fun week. But it is over now and on to whatever is next.

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