The Erie County Fair

We’ve been exhibiting animals at the Erie County Fair my entire life. In fact, Dad has shown cows there every year since 1975! Since I bring my goats, pigs and cows I literally live at the fair for the entire 10 days. It’s a lot of fun, but also a lot of hard work. At 5am I have to get up and milk the cows, then clean out their beds, give each one of them a bath, feed them and sweep up. Then I have to head over to the goat and pig barn and do all the same things for them, and that’s just the morning chores! Thankfully my dad, Addie and Marcus all show animals as well. We all work together to get the jobs done. By the end of the fair you’re definitely tired! (that’s the understatement of the century 🙂 ) Here are some pictures we took during the fair!

Here’s a pic of our “show string” as it’s called. In other words, our cows relaxing on their specially tended beds. My dad may never make his own bed, but he takes very particular care that the cow beds are made perfect.

our cows relaxing on their bed
our cows relaxing on their bed
Marcus and his calf Advent
Marcus and his calf Advent
Addie's sweet calf Beatrice
Addie’s sweet calf Beatrice
Ruby and me
Ruby and me
Westley loves helping with the goats
Westley loves helping with the goats
waiting to show my goat
waiting to show my goat
(photo courtesy Erie County Fair)
Ada and me in the ring
Ada and me in the ring
tired and dirty, but happy
tired and dirty, but happy
(photo courtesy Erie County Fair)
the monarch butterfly tent was really neat!
the monarch butterfly tent was really neat!
Cool! Marcus got two at once!
Cool! Marcus got two at once!
two stunning butterflies
two stunning butterflies

My favorite part of the whole fair was definitely winning Jersey Grand Champion with my cow Annabelle!! I never in a million years thought I would! For those of you who don’t know much about showing cows, Grand Champion means your cow was the best one at the fair out of their breed (in my case the Jersey breed).

Annabelle Grand Champion!
Annabelle Grand Champion!
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2 thoughts on “The Erie County Fair

  1. That looks like so much fun, plus a lot of work!! I love the picture of you “waiting to show your goat” and the ones of you, Addie and Marcus with the butterflies! I’ll have to come see you guys there next year!

  2. It definitely is both a lot of work and and a lot of fun! I like the “waiting to show my goat” one too. The fair photographer took that one and they sent it to me. You will totally have to come see me at the fair! I’ve gone every year of my life, so I can show you around!

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