Diane Prather: After the Fair

Northwest Colorado 4-H and FFA members look forward to competing in their county fairs. Adults look forward to the fairs, too. Now that the county fairs are over for the year, it’s time to:

• Write thank-you notes to Junior Livestock Sale buyers and trophy donors.

• Send qualifying General 4-H Projects to State Fair.

• Get 4-H and FFA livestock ready to compete at State Fair.

• Finish up record books.

• Sort out boxes of fair supplies and ribbons at the Extension Office and put everything away for another year.

• Clean up barns and corrals where 4-H and FFA livestock were fed.

• Focus on getting market pigs, lambs and steers ready for Stock Show.

• Find out the results of the Carcass Contest.

• Reflect on what was learned during competition, sometimes from mistakes made.

• Reflect on memories made.

And if 4-H and FFA members were asked about those memories, you might find some of the following among their responses.

• Friendly water fights at the wash rack

• When my heifer got loose when I was washing her and then ran around while I hung onto her soapy neck

• Saying goodbye to my lamb (goat, steer or pig) after the Junior Livestock Sale

• Getting to compete in the Championship drive

• My pig’s interest in a ring man’s bottle of water that had been propped up against a panel in the sale arena

• The judge asking me a question that I couldn’t answer

• My lamb nibbling on a Popsickle that a little kid stuck in the pen

• Getting to take my General 4-H Project to State Fair

• Finding a Grand Champion ribbon on my cake decorating project after Completion Day judging

• Getting swished in the face by a soapy steer’s tail

• When a grasshopper, not dead at all, walked out of my entomology specimen box

• How the cows rubbed their clean white heads on a dirt bank when they were turned loose at home after the fair

• When a little boy stuck his finger in my turkey’s cage, and the turkey bit it

• When my steer decided to take a nap in the arena during competition, and boy, was I embarrassed

• Being proud that my friend had Grand Champion Market Goat, even though I was Reserve Grand Champion

• When my heifer stepped on my foot ( it really hurt) when I was ready to compete in Showmanship, and Dad was there to comfort me

• The support of friends and family

• How my lamb ate a ribbon during the Sheep Lead competition

• The fun of competing in the lawnmower races

• Putting all of those letters on the display board to exhibit my Veterinary Medicine project

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the area county fairs!

Copyright Diane Prather, 2012

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