Friday, July 29, 2016
View from the entrance.
To the right is my ride from the parking area to the top of the hill where I started my tour of the fair. As I made my way down, I passed carnival rides, the colorful 4-H pig, fun head cutout boards, Johnny Blue portable toilets, and a little guy sitting under the shade of a parked John Deere.
Even though I'm not a coffee drinker, these Dunkin' Donuts iced caramel coffee samples really hit the spot. It was in the 90's that day, and very humid to boot.
Fortunately, there were lots of shady spots to sit in while watching events, and big fans kept the air circulating and the temperature down in the barns.
First stop, the barn that housed the sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits. While there, I watched someone demonstrating how to shear a sheep...
...and bumped into a friend I had worked with many years ago. Her daughter had a rabbit on exhibit with the softest fur imaginable. It felt just like velveteen.
Then on to the Joshua's Hands booth to view the quilts on display from their Quilts for Veterans project; as well as check out the horse, swine and beef barns.
For the hungry and thirsty, there were food vendors galore, as well as free iced tea and lemonade outside the entrance to the judging arena where I stopped for a while.
Some of the animals about to be judged were being hosed down to wash off the straw they had been laying in; others were being sprayed just to cool them off.
Final stop, the Sykes Hall exhibits, and a chance to cool off in a nice air conditioned building. This is where the judging took place for all the arts and crafts entries, baked goods, produce, flower arrangements, and such.