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County Fair

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Last week we traveled north to Ridgefield, WA for the Clark County Fair.   The kids’ aunt and uncle, niece, grandparents, and great-grandparents met us there for an afternoon full of livestock viewing, carnival rides, and ridiculously unhealthy food.

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All of the kids enjoyed the hula-hooping contest, and my niece (with the white ribbon in her hair) took first place!

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And of course, we had to have a little fair food – this is a deep-fried Snickers.  So deadly.

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We spent a long time in the poultry barn – I kept having to bend down so Tum Tum could get a good look at the birds.   He especially liked the runner ducks in the pens outside, and had a nice little conversation with them.

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I’m sure like most spinners, my favorite place is the sheep barn (well, maybe tied with the produce competition…or maybe the preserves table…so hard to choose.)  They had a nice spinning demo and information on Kool-Aid dying fiber, and lots of 4Hers had entered their fleeces for judging.

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It was hard not to be envious of the gorgeous wheel the volunteer was using.   She asked Little Hen if she knew how yarn was made, and Little Hen answered, “Of course, my mama uses a ‘drop spindler’ and makes her own yarn.  Someday we’re going to get a fancy wheel like yours and then I’ll get to learn how to use it. ” I don’t think that was quite the response the woman expected.  (That girl is never short on answers.  6 year-olds can be so…confident in themselves, can’t they?)

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Have you been to your local county fair?  Or state fair?  We’re hoping to make it to the Oregon State Fair one of these years.  I hear it’s a must-see.

Thanks so much for all of the comments on my giveaway.  I never expected so many!  I hope to have another giveaway soon.  Winner will be announced later this evening.  Thank you!

3 Responses to "County Fair"

  • There is nothing better than a fair! Although in my family we must hit the cattle barns first. (Grampa was a dairy farmer, and Dad has a hobby beef herd.)

    Your post brought back memories. I had sunbonnets as a child, and I loved them! As a teen I wore them as part of my summer job at a historic site.

    I used to show rabbits, and spent several summers parked out back of the rabbit barn in the MO state fair, living in a trailer. SOooooo much fun! I was also in 4-H and had many things displayed at the state fair. One year I even did a spinning demo there with my wheel and some angora.

    Thank you for the wonderful post….and the trip down memory lane!

    Oh….and isn’t it wonderful to have kids who know how things are made and appreciate them!

  • What a great day for the family. I just love going to fairs as there is always something for everyone to enjoy. How proud you must be of your daughter’s interest in your spinning and her readiness to share about it with others.

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