This morning, The Mister and I went out to the fairgrounds so that I could see the 4-H exhibits. Our county fair is pretty small (especially compared to the Los Angeles County Fair!) and you can tell that this is a rural county, despite the fact that the Bloomington-Normal twin cities area has over 100,00 residents. According to the farm bureau, McLean County is the #1 corn and soybean producing county in the nation.
To avoid the crowds and the heat, we got there when the exhibits opened. It was still pretty quiet since the carnival rides weren’t going to open for another four hours or so.
On the way to the 4-H hall, we looked at the old tractors exhibit:
And then we we watched a camel being fed at the petting zoo:
And then we went into the 4-H hall. I have to say that these 4-H kids really impressed me! I was quite inspired by the sophistication of their projects for their ages! This cake was decorated by an 11-year-old girl:
I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t even come close to her level of artistry.
Lest anyone think otherwise, 4-H is not just about cooking, sewing, homemaking, agriculture, and animal husbandry. The exhibits included robotics, art, engineering, and fiscal responsibility. This isn’t our grandmother’s 4-H!
After going through the exhibit hall, I watched the girls in the Western Saddle competition for a while until I knew I needed to get out of the sun before sunburn set in (even with sunscreen liberally applied before we left home).
The barns weren’t really set up for people wandering around in them–there was serious work going on–but we did watch some swine judging before we left. I really appreciated seeing how the adults guided the youngsters and also made sure that they were safe. One hog decided it didn’t want to do what it was supposed to do and the adults were there almost immediately with their big red barrier-things (sorry, this city girl doesn’t know what they are called) creating a “pen” until the hog figured out it should do as it was being told.
We left around 1:00. We had seen all of the exhibits and we were starting to get hungry. We are probably the only people in the United States who cannot stand fair food. Things like deep fried cotton candy just don’t sound appealing to us. I don’t know if there really is such as thing as deep fried cotton candy…but I’m sure it is only a matter of time.
My fall semester starts on Monday so it just seemed fitting that I would “end” my summer at the county fair!
Do you participate in your county fair?