Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fair Clean-up

For those of you bloggers who have never known the pleasure of 4-H, or for those who don't live in an area that still features the County Fair, we're here to tell you: it's that time again! And we're getting psyched..
The entire year's work gets summed up at the Fair. For us it's the Schaghticoke Fair. Which is the County Fair for Rensselaer County. (Forgive the ridiculous spellings...it's what we get for living in an area settle by Dutch and already populated with Native Americans). And two weeks in advance of the opening, the 4-H kids and parents descend on the grounds to get the barns and displays ready; to clean, sweep, label, plan, plot, eat (of course) and even workshop.

We are an independent club, meaning Madison pretty much just does her thing, and we latch onto as much activity and meetings as we can manage, and her social calendar demands. Not surprising, as we live in a pretty isolated corner of the county (just not that many kids!) and her interest is pretty narrow (just not that many kids interested in poultry!) In fact, fellow blogger Lauren has a son who appears to be just as ga-ga over poultry as Madison, but he's the only other one I know of...

So drumming up help to clean the Poultry cages and barns is sometimes a little tough. There are a half dozen kids who do poultry in addition to other animals, but that's it, so the work party is kinda small...(Further reason not to lock up the help, no matter how young!) I had nothing to do with this...the kid in yellow is her big brother...






We washed dozens of cages, dishes, swept floors, painted display boards (we did this part two weeks ago) and of course, talked "bird"...

Here is the 4-H side of the barn (pre-chicken):
And the open class side: (I still don't know why it is that the 4-H kids clean the whole barn, even if they only use half....hmmm...)

But she will have, (fingers crossed here - we just lost Speedy the Rooster to the foxes, and I don't want them to get the "fever for the flavor"...if you know what I mean) 9 entries: 5 in 4-H, and 4 in Open Class.

Then she's got veggies galore, and the shirt she made in the MakeIt/TakeIt Workshop after dinner...




And not to be outdone, Mommy is entering knitted socks in the County Fair this year. Yee-haw! All I need now is a gingham blouse...I have the overalls, but alas, no pigtails.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG! Speedy!!!

-Allison

Kathy L. said...

What a great poultry set-up! Our fair here is pretty poor compared to the ones I remember in NY and the Midwest. I've shown my poultry here and felt sorry for the kids as all the 4H attention was for cattle here. So, this old 4H alumnus and former 4H leader in 3 states decided to sponsor the poultry awards. I never got a thank you, or letter or picture of us handing out the buckles or anything, so stopped supporting them. Sad. Very sad.
So, this post is very refreshing for me. :) And a "Good onya!" to you and your family!

Kathy L. said...

Oh, I meant to convey my condolences about Speedy, too. I was sorry to hear about the foxes getting him.

Keep us posted about your socks! :)

Elysbeth said...

Poor Speedy. BTW, if you are over 5 feet tall you are too big for pigtails.