Yesterday and today are the wrapping up of the fair for us 4Hers. The rides and the food will be there until Sunday, but all the projects are going home tonight, and all the animals have been cleared out…the whole 4H end is almost a ghost town. It is hard to believe that it is all over already. Kind of a relief, but also kind of sad!
We went to the fair yesterday for the auction. Each 4Her is allowed to sell 2 animals (or animal products, such as a basket of goat milk products) and the local businesses will ‘buy’ the animal. I say ‘buy’ because very rarely does the buyer even want the animal…usually somebody else comes in and buys them at market price, while the other buyer is giving the 4Her much more money than their animal is worth It is mainly to encourage the 4Hers. One girl’s chicken sold for $4,000 but her family’s barn burnt this year, so it was a way to encourage and help the family The chickens usually go for *only* about a hundred dollars
Bekah, waiting for her turn to go through the auction with her milk basket. The chain around her neck is so that all the 4Hers line up in the correct order.
Charissa, also waiting…and taking pictures while doing so!
Noah, playing with one of his sisters’ chains
Bekah in the lineup, ready to sell her milk basket. She had goat milk, goat milk soap, yogurt, snickerdoodles, and a few dish towels for her buyer
Bekah in the auction ring
Anna in the ring…
Cassia with her milk bucket…three girls used “Big R” buckets, a farm store near us, and Big R was so kind as to buy two of them Daddy was teasing us and said that they just wanted their buckets back!
We had the opportunity to sing the Star Spangled Banner for the start of the Sale of Champions that evening We were a little nervous, but it was SO much fun!
A few of the projects up in the project building. A shawl that Anna knitted…
A sweater that Cassia knitted…
A picture Anna drew…
Anna’s, Cassia’s, and Bekah’s jumpers/blouses are all hanging up in the back row…
Today we went down to “Old Days, Old Ways” and took a picture of this cabin. It is an original cabin that they moved here. A family with 7 children lived in it at one time.
I like the pink tractor
This afternoon we got done butchering 51 chickens It was fun to have our old ‘chicken butchering buddies’, Mr. and Mrs. B, with us again this time Mr. B looks very serious in the pictures we posted the other day, but he is anything but serious…he is always making chicken jokes when we are working on the chickens We will spare you pictures of that whole process this time
Tonight we’re going to go hear an orchestra play, so I’d better go and eat my supper (no, it’s not chicken tonight!)