At the beginning of October, my nephew made his FIRST livestock show. It was the State Fair of Texas, and showed a pig and chickens. The pig was one that was born here at our farm, so this was very exciting for the whole family.
So, loving the chance to take the kids to the fair, Andi Beth, Cooper, and I headed to Dallas on Wednesday. Well actually Andi Beth went up on Tuesday with Nana, Papa, and my niece. Everyone was very excited to see my nephew in his first show. He did really well; the pig did not do as well as we had hoped. The pig actually got hurt before the show, so it was kind of expected.
This is Rascal the pig and my nephew, going in the show ring!
This was the fun part, before they went in the ring however it got kind of sad. My niece learned that Rascal would not be going home from the fair with them, that Rascal would be sold. This is what happens with show projects. Unless it is a breeding project, a heifer or a breeding gilt, they get sold. Always. This will not be the last time that my sweet niece will cry over a project that is not coming home after the show. I, myself, have cried over selling many show projects. See, you get a project when they are small and you keep them and care for them for several months. You feed, water, and train them. You bond with them. You tell your kids not to get attached, and yourself, but you do!!
This is my niece and sister in law saying bye to Rascal. It was really cute.
After the show on Wednesday, I took Andi Beth to ride the famous farris wheel. She had a great time. I did not get any pictures of her because I did not want to shake the seat we were in and scare her, or maybe scare me!! It is really high.
We also visited some of the exhibits that were geared for kids. The “Little Hands on the Farm” was cute. The kids “picked” pretend fruit and veggies, got to feel real wool, and then got to “sale” their goods for a snack. Again no pictures, chasing a 5 year old, 4 year old, and a 2 year old is not very conducive to taking pictures.
Thursday brought the chicken show!
I love the look on my nephew’s face in that picture, it is so cute. He was trying to smile at me and pay attention to the judge and not look like he is struggling to hold his chicken. Priceless!
This is my nephew with one of his friends and my sister in law. You see it takes 3 people to show a pen of chickens. Those chickens weigh about 6 ½ pounds each, and those kids are 8 and 9 years old. If you want to know what it is like get two 3 pound weights and hold them out in front of your body for several minutes. That is what it is like to show a chicken, and you do it several times. The judge keeps coming back and feeling of the chickens and moving you up (or unfortunately down) the line. We got moved up the line all the way to 5th place!! I think my sister in law was actually crying at one time.
This is the crew that made the trip to the show. This is mostly family and one of my sister in law’s students. We really had a good time!! Congrats B on a GREAT 1st Show!!
P.S. I did not take the kids to see Big Tex while we were there. We just ran out of time. The week the fair closed Big Tex caught fire and burned. So very sad, the rumor is he committed suicide because the Dallas Cowboys are losing again. Actually there was an electric short in the mechanism in his jaw that caused the fire.