This week is our local county fair, the Mud Lake Fair!! Justin’s family was very involved in the fair while he was young. We have carried on the tradition. It is like a tradition. It’s what we do for a week, in addition to the busiest farming season of the year. We love it. All of it. The animals, the parade, the food and the rodeo.
The horse 4-H show is our first event. The boys got up at 6:00 to start washing and shining their horses. Carson created a horse “car” wash. And I think I need to buy a new car wash brush.
Justin is such a good dad. He is always willing to do anything to help the boys. And Branson was happy to watch his willing dad clean the horse.
The Halter Class is the first class. Something about little cowboy kids melts my heart. He is so cute trying to make that horse trot.
I grew up on a beef cattle ranch. I lived in real cowboy country among many real cowboys. And I must admit that we made fun of “cowboys” who really weren’t cowboys. You know the kind. The kind of people who have town jobs yet wear cowboy pants and hats everywhere they go. Oh boy. That’s what we called “drugstore” cowboys. They think that because they bought the outfit they are cowboys. As a child, we poked fun of these kind of people all of the time.
I have to make a little disclaimer here. My kids are not real cowboys. But I still love the part. Like I said, my little kids dressed up in their cowboy gear melts my heart. And I love that they ride horses and work with cows. Even though the cows are dairy cows. However, I can admit that we are not real cowboys. So please don’t make fun of us.
I love my boys riding horses. This poor little guy was scared to death to ride, trot, lope or lead a horse before horse 4-H started. As the year went on he became more and more comfortable riding and being around horses. Now he loads and unloads his own horse, trots and lopes. I love to see their confidence grow!!
I know this picture is not a great quality picture, so don’t pay too much attention to that. The guy riding the horse is as good of quality as they come. (Ok, I need a tissue because that made me get a tear in my eye). Carson is the salt of the Earth kind of a kid. He was so good to help Branson all year long. He wants to practice team roping and I hope he does. He would be so good at it. Besides, like I already said, cowboy kids make me melt!
Whenever Branson is with an animal he talks to it like they speak the same language. He acts like the horse should know exactly what he is talking about. Maybe Branson is the next horse whisperer! He cracks me up.
Ok, we are on to the Swine Show. It’s a new day during fair week. Our very long winded pig judge was an hour late. We all patiently, or not patiently waited for him. While we were waiting Branson and his friend sat on the bench and solved all of life’s problems. Or at least the ones they will be facing in fourth grade. It is so cute to me. I can just imagine them in forty years leaning against their pickups and discussing life all over again. We are so blessed our kids have such great friends.
Branson is a novice showman. That means this is his first year of participating in Swine 4-H. Watching the little kids show pigs is like watching little kids chase cats. In fact, later today Branson told me that he thought maybe he ended up trading pigs with another kid. But he wasn’t sure. Haha!!
The judge pointed Carson’s showmanship skills out to the audience. He said that Carson was over ambitious about showing his pig. Carson was working so hard in that show ring that he was just a sweating. I can’t think of very many things I would rather have my kid called than overambitious. Carson’s pig won Reserve Grand Champion in it’s weight class. Hooray!
If you get the chance, go to your local county fair. You might learn something new. You will eat something yummy. And hopefully you will appreciate agriculture and the kids involved in it!!