In part 1 of our county fair visit I covered fair food and the garden exhibit. I hope you’re ready for the livestock edition! Who knew I liked taking pictures of chickens so much?
Being from the urban part of a nice Midwestern state, both my husband and I are used to an ample selection of livestock at the fair. Let’s see what California has to offer.
All those TV ads say that good cheese comes from happy cows, and happy cows come from California. They definitely do not come from Florida, land of the skinniest, least happy cows I have ever seen. This was my first encounter with Californian cows. Exhibit A:
Happy? Not happy? What do you think? Looks suspicious to me.
This goat seemed happy, but she was getting a nice scratch.
This is a laid-back surfer llama:
This llama seems more the military type:
The goats and llamas were in the same barn as the petting zoo, two pigs, a giant bull, one rabbit, and the poultry. Maybe we never went to the poultry barn in Minnesota, but I was impressed at the plethora of fancy chickens at the fair. Here are some of them. Some were puffy, some sleek, some had feathery heads, some feathery feet. Which one is your favorite?
Speaking of chicken legs….
Oooh, I’m going to be in trouble. Love you, honey! He gets tired of me taking his picture, even when giant avocados are involved. (Please note the up your architecture hat.)
Speaking of my sweetie, he could not get over how tall this duck was:
It’s not a goose! It was in the “heavy duck” category — as opposed to the “light duck” section. There was also a guinea fowl, but it was too restless to get a good picture with the lens I was using. Don’t worry, that’s the end of the poultry.
Next up, the sheep barn!
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, nine bags full:
There were sheep being sheared while we were there, so the lambs were in various states of wooliness. I got to pet this one and it was really soft. It made me want a new sweater. Or a sheep.
Once they’ve been groomed they get little dust covers, like a light-colored couch in the suburbs, or maybe like they might go jousting later.
Better jousting than the alternative:
Poor Lamb Chop.
We also caught part of a horse show but didn’t get any good photos. That was our trip to the county fair!
Do you stick to the rides and the food, or do you check out the animals at the fair too? What’s your favorite part?
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