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Every year we spend more time at the Fair watching the 4H club members show and care for their animals. Every year I marvel at just how mature, responsible and talented these children are. I can’t believe how poised, articulate, and unflustered they are, even when their animals don’t always behave.

Today we watched the junior swine judging.

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These are the eight year olds.

The other day we watched the Jersey cattle show.

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Tomorrow we will be there watching the sheep. Today there was quite a bit of grooming going on.

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I also had to wander over and take pictures of the pygmy goats that are being raised by friends of ours.

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If you go to the fair, don’t just spend time on the midway. Head down here.

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Stop in and watch the 4Hers take care of their animals. They are truly learning life skills. How to be responsible. How to gracefully lose. How to gracefully win.

Worth the price of admission.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

2 responses »

  1. good job kiddo

  2. Thank you for the peek into the fair. We aren’t going to have a chance to attend this year.

    The share from the One Straw Farm CSA for this week included red basil, red cabbage, red potatoes, fennel, cucumbers, corn, a pepper (uncertain variety), and cherry tomatoes.


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