Day 243, July 20: It’s the first day of the county fair, and it’s HOT!! 99 degrees in the shade. We spent the day bringing chickens and rabbits to the fair and then trying to keep them cool.
Day 244: Rabbit judging day! Janelle’s rabbits ended up with 2 white ribbons, 2 red and 2 blue. The highlight of the day was her winning Jr Showmanship for the second year in a row.
Day 245: Poultry judging day. Greg’s chickens ended up with 8 blue ribbons, 1 red, and 1 best of class trophy. Not to be outdone by his little sister, he won Sr Showmanship.
Day 246: In the middle of the running around for the fair, our next batch of baby chicks arrived. These little guys are eggs layers and show birds.
Day 247: Clean up day at the fair. All the animals are on their way home and now the barn needs to be cleaned up.
Day 248: Our large puppy likes to sleep under this little table. I’m not sure how he fits, and I know he won’t fit much longer. He likes it because there is an air conditioning vent under there, so he stays nice and cool.
Day 249: Two of our new baby chicks. I’m not sure what breeds they are, but I think the one on the left is a Spitzhauben. The other one is an egg layer of some sort.
Day 250: A naughty little puppy. This is why I never have any flowers in front of my house. I have 3 dogs that love to do this.
Day 251: At the rabbit meeting, Janelle demonstrated how to do showmanship.
Day 252: Janelle is practicing her cake decorating skills. There are a lot of projects to finish before the Alto Fair, and cake decorating is one of them.
Day 253: Ceramics is another project that needs to be completed. Greg is finishing his vase, using a technique called Raku. After putting glaze on his vase, it’s put in a kiln and heated to 1850 degrees. Then the red hot vase is taken out of the kiln and put in a small garbage can filled with newspaper. The newspaper catches on fire, the lid is put on and once it’s cool, the project is done. Until you take your project out of the can, you don’t know what it’s going to look like.