Friday, September 28, 2012

West Lampeter Fair 2012

Fair week is always busy, and almost always fun.  This year was no exception.

Tuesday...entries were accepted for, veggies, baked goods, quilts and other sewing items, photography, crafts, canned goods, and of course...animals.  Various food stands prepared for the crowds...milk shakes, french fries, funnel cakes, sausage sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs, pizza, baked potatoes, and more.

Wednesday...entries were judged and awarded ribbons and prize money, and the fair officially opened to the public at noon.  

Throughout the rest of the week, lots more took place...auctioning of the baked goods, the Fair Queen contest, animal judging, antique tractor parade and pulling contest, horse show, FFA contests, and I'm sure I'm missing a lot.

Our focus was on the goat show yesterday aftenoon.  Jenna's goats were lightweights this year, weighing in at (Dilly) 70 lbs and (Pickles) 77 lbs.  Her goals had to be adjusted a little bit in the last few weeks, because Dilly had a recurrence of the Urinary Calculi that he had in June.  As a result, we had to cut way back on the grain again, so both goats lost a little weight.  However, Dilly once again made a surprising recovery, and was able to participate in the show!  

Jenna had a cheering aunt and uncle from NY, and my aunt and a friend from Colorado were visiting, so they came with my parents to watch the show and eat some good fair food!  I have to point out the lady second from the left.  Her name is Eileen, and she is a friend and co-worker of my aunt.  She has a blog called Little House Quilting.  We've been reading each others' blogs for a while now, and what fun it was to meet her in person! Check out her blog when you get a chance.  My sister and my niece were there too, along with some other friends.  It's nice...the kids who show always seem to have such support from family and friends...

Jenna and Dilly waiting to enter the ring...

The judge, checking out Pickles...

Pickles did well, and placed second in his class.  Dilly didn't do as well, and placed fourth in his class, but we  are thrilled that she was able to bring him alive and healthy to the fair.  He's energetic and has a great appetite, which indicates he's feeling much better!

I've collected a variety of other pictures from the week.  Enjoy!

Finishing touches before the judging begins...

The two girls in the blue FFA jackets are sisters, and friends of ours.  They placed first and second in their respective classes with their dairy beef...

Antique trucks, tractors and farm equipment...

Whoopie pies...

French fries waiting for the fryer...

A duct tape dress, from the youth division...

Tug of war...

I was over to feed the goats this morning, and squished through the mud.  It rained last night, but now the sun is shining and the birds are singing outside the window.  Hopefully it will be beautiful for the last day of the fair.  We'll head over again tonight for the livestock sale...Jenna will have to say good bye to Dilly and Pickles, and that will be sad.  But it's been a good week.

If you're in the area, and haven't been there yet, you still have a little time to enjoy the fair!


  1. Oh Jenna HUGS you did a great job and I am sure Pickles and Dilly will be going to good homes.
    My what a fantastic cheering section you have, you are on very lucky girl.
    Alica I want to come to your fair your photos make me dream of the day we will meet and experience something my dear blogger friend. Hug. B

  2. What a lovely post . I enjoyed going to the fair via your blog and seeing all the exhibits .

    Your daughter did a great job with the goats. She looks so confident. Congratulations to her even if she didn't took first place. It's a lot of work to be able to handle the animals for a show. How sad that she has to sell them. I hope that they will be happy on the new farm.

    Knowing you, you are too busy to put up your feet now that the fair is over.
    Have a great weekend. Thanks for the photos.


  3. Wonderful post and photos I to enjoyed going the fair with ya all ! Congrats to Jenna a job well done ! I am sure Pickles and Dilly will be going to good homes ! Have a great weekend and take a bit to R&R .

  4. Congratulations to Jenna! It brings back good memories. Especially watching the judging. Glad all went well and you had fun.

  5. What a great collection of fair photos. My favorite is the young beauty with the good looking goats. Congrats to everyone who worked so hard on both sides of your fair.

  6. I sure did enjoy my trip with you to the fair. This and all of your posts are so much fun. Jenna Congrats!

  7. You should enter two of your photos in the fair photo contest (! My favorites are Jenna & her goat/s and the mirror photo. - Lynette

  8. It looks like a great week. I love your pictures.
    They turned out so nice.

  9. What a fun post, loved all the pictures! Congrats to Jenna and her goats on a job well done! :)
    The mirror picture is really cool and I can see why that quilt won Best Of Show!!

  10. Great job at the fair, sounds like she did pretty well!!

  11. Looks like you have a great fair! I love all the pictures. I do wish they would learn to judge goats the way nature intended rather than how people think they should be. Goats are just not made to eat that much grain. Glad he's recovered and healthy again.

  12. I love fair food!!! Thankfully I only go once a year though!
    Congrats to your daughter and her goats. What a good job. And to have your own personal cheering section, what a bit of encouragement to her!
    Whoopie pies are my probably my favorite dessert!

  13. Loved the fair and seeing Jena and her goats. Congrats to Jena on a good job done !
    Never had a whoopee pie till the Lampeter fair and were they good ! Great fair, so much to see and do.


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