September 29, 2009

Fair Season is Finally Over!

Finally a spare moment to post! It seems as soon as lambing starts in the early spring until school starts in the fall life turns into a whirlwind. Late spring and summer has been a series of 4-H meetings, judging practices, fairs, and more meetings. Now there will be a short time to rest up with only soccer to worry about.
Our family has had a great year going to fairs and making new and catching up with old friends. Showing livestock is a great environment for teaching kids the life skills they will need as adults. Our kids have been blessed with great friends they have made showing sheep. The sheep industry seems to be getting smaller all of the time and more young people are needed to keep it going.
We went to six fairs this year and showed sheep and fleeces. Our youngest also showed his horse and sheep at our county fair and was a very busy kid. The National Romney show was at our county fair this year. Travis won his Jr. Showmanship class and his Spring ewe lamb was top ten in a huge ewe lamb class.

Our last fair, The Puyallup fair and WA State 4-H Fair ended last weekend. The Puyallup fair is the 7th largest fair in the country and runs for 3 weeks. We had some success with top 5 placings with our fleeces and Premier Exhibitor with our Hampshire sheep. The Romneys held their own in a tough Romney show with 2nd place Young Flock and a third in the spring ewe lamb class.

Our oldest son raises and shows Hampshires. He had a good show with his sheep and fleeces. I love to watch him show in showmanship. He has so much intensity and has improved so much every year.

The huge pile of laundry is calling me so back to work I go. We are having a major cool down and the fall rain has started so hopefully there will be more time to post.

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