Beau August 19th, 2010
Yesterday there was more fun in Iowa after the rain. The sun came out and so did the crowds, but we had a goal to see a few things- it’s so big!
The Dr. Suess exhibit was enormous… That’s a lot of butter! And the butter cow too- what a tradition.
We saw sheep being trimmed for showing. One family had four people working quickly to brush and smooth the wool- you could see the pride in their work.
Then were able to see the goats! They were so cute- especially the little ones just a few days old.
I remember a friend years ago (maybe late 70’s?) that had a few milk goats- we were on their homestead for a few days and one doe was struggling to give birth. I called long distance from Arkansas to Missouri and talked with my Mom who had close friends that ran a larger milk goat farm in New Jersey (we lived there previously too and grew up on raw goats milk and eggs for a few years).
Anyway, we patched a three-way call for some expertise and I think it helped out a lot.
I remember visiting that farm in New Jersey and marveling at watching this small woman pick up those big heavy metal cans of milk and pouring it right into gallon glass bottles without spilling, as fresh as could be with thick cream at the top.
Here’s a picture of the boy milking the cow… He did really well. Chook it sounds like you’ve got some wonderful memories there!
All in all it was great fun… The crowds were huge and I was surprised at how many of the older folks really came out… Talking with many it seems this is a strong tradition for their families.
It was neat seeing the 4H exhibits and blue-ribbon chicken tractor. The boy loved his giant cold dill pickle, and I enjoyed the pork chops and free hard-boiled eggs.
We finished up with the rides; went on the “Ye Old Mill” ride which was riding a floating log through the dark. The boy said “What was the point of that!?” and as I looked around at all the teenagers I laughed and realized he would understand too soon in a few years.
We found some more rides for faster fun… where do the kids get that energy?! We need to save some of it for getting home and cleaned up :)
Maybe next year we’ll enter something in the Missouri State Fair… Or at least go. Iowa has put on a terrific Fair!