I’ve taken a break from KonMari-ing my house in order to do some fun and exciting things… like attend the local County Fair.
Around here, the County Fair is a big deal and has no age limit. Young and old all bring in their homemade goods, homegrown items, and animals to be shown and judged.
We participated in the fair as part of a 4-H program called the Poultry Chain.
Every spring, those 4-H members who sign up are given approximately 20 freshly hatched baby chicks. The participants raise these chickens and then take the best 3 out of the flock to the fair. They are judged, then sold in an auction. The proceeds from the auction go towards paying off the chickens. Whatever is left is split among the participants and awarded based on what ribbon they won. For example, all those who won first place ribbons will get X amount of dollars, while those who receive a second place with get slightly less.
This is our second year doing the poultry chain, and this time both of my boys participated.
Due to restrictions where we live, we started out with 16 chicks instead of the 40 my kids were supposed to have. Unfortunately we had some deaths and when the county fair rolled around, we had 10 remaining.
Judging the Chickens
We picked our best 6 (3 each) and headed to the county fair.
The chickens are placed in cages alongside all the other participants and a judge looks at each chicken individually. They are mainly being judged on how big they are, the space between their breast bones and vent, and the size and color of their comb and wattle. Last year Kaia got a first place ribbon for his chickens. I was really surprised as it was our first time and I felt like we had no clue what we were doing.
This year, Kaia earned another blue ribbon, but Losh only got a red one.
I was really expecting them to both place second, because our chickens this year just didn’t seem very big, but I am glad it worked out the way it did because Kaia helped much more (including building the coop!) than Losh did.
County Fair Fun
After the auction, we walked around the fair checking out all the educational materials, items entered, and rides. One of my favorite things about the fair is seeing all the items that people have entered. I tell myself while viewing them that I should enter my own (and we did one year), but I never went back to pick up ribbons or anything.
I love how the items are judged in order for more than one to win a first prize ribbon. So much time and dedication goes into some of these projects – like the quilts or giant pumpkins.
I can’t even grow a single pumpkin, let alone a GIANT one.
Can you imagine how many pumpkin pies that thing would make?
Unfortunately, we didn’t ride any rides or consume any delicious food (hello fried Oreos and fresh squeezed lemonade!) this night, but the fun we had made up for it.
What is your favorite part about your county fair?