Chautauqua County Fair Day 4: Wednesday

Well I’m still not sure really if it’s a good thing or bad thing that today was my last ever Open Class show. I mean I don’t really know that about this fair week in general. I do know that I am super tired and I am definitely ready to be able to sleep at ten o’clock or before if I want to.

But anyway today was what one might call a pretty successful showing day. The one goal I decided to have for this week was for my Jersey calf, Hazel, who happens to be the granddaughter of Eclipse who died a week and a half ago exactly, to beat at least one cow in her class. Mainly because with my Jerseys this has only happened I think once before in my seven years at the fair. This also happens to be exactly what happened so I decided right then and there that no matter what my other cows got, I got what I wanted for the week.

But I didn’t really need to worry about that. Sammy was the only one in her class so she got first in her class and Rory got third out of three in her class but neither of them did anything more than that. This is okay though because they still get the ribbons to hang above them for the rest of the week and we’re still able to say they got first and third.

And then there was my Milking Shorthorn, Charlie. She definitely didn’t walk her best today, so much so that the judge even noticed and said she wasn’t doing herself justice. Even with that he still liked her and Charlie ended up winning Reserve Junior Champion. I have to admit I was a bit surprised because I thought some of the others looked better than her, but hey I’m not complaining, and I don’t really know all that much about judging anyway. This is also the second Reserve Champion I ever got that wasn’t simply given because there was only one or two of the breed at the fair. And the last time just happened to be Annabeth, otherwise known as Charlie’s mother, and this was four years ago.

So even though Charlie didn’t walk as good as I would’ve liked and I’m now debating whether or not to use her for showmanship tomorrow like I had originally planned, it was still a great day. I also spent part of my evening playing Uno and a game called Flinch with one of my favorite fellow fair families/friends ever which I enjoyed a lot. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow with my last 4-H show ever will bring me.

On Preparing

I’ve already mentioned the washing and clipping part of preparing for the county fair the week before it happens, but there are a few other things to do before being completely prepared. One of those things is making posters and decorating the stall that we are in for the week. Being a Junior Superintendent gives me and a few of my friends a bit extra work too. Junior Superintendents help to run the barn during the week and do many more things than the other kids. One of the main things we have to do before the week is make a poster of ourselves with a small biography and a few pictures. When fair week comes I’ll tell a bit more about the rest of the things we do.

Besides that poster depending on the stall and the kid/kids sometimes people make other posters or at least have unique decorations for their spot. For us this year I’m making a few posters with facts about the three different breeds of cow I’m bringing. Most of the time it is also suggested if not required to put up a thank you poster to thank a few people that might not be directly involved with 4-H for helping you throughout the year. Besides what feels like the million posters I’ve mentioned we also have a usual banner with a picture of our farm and a curtain that we put up the cards saying the names, breeds, and birthdays of our cows on along with the ribbons after the show days. So that’s just a bit about everything we put up in our stall during the fair.