"Oh, good! This is the place we go to see the goats eat their blue ribbons!" he exclaimed, running ahead.
Yes, yes, County Fair 2013, I remember thee well. That was the year we rounded a bend just in time to see a goat stand on its hind feet, crane its neck and with stick-his-tongue-out concentration snag in its teeth the blue ribbon hanging from the top of the pen's gate.
What a sight! We were thrilled, but I was a bit blue myself that I didn't have a camera to capture the scene -- for I knew it could have been quite the photo. (My camera was broken and I didn't have a quality cell phone.) It still makes me sad thinking about this lost photo opportunity. Kind of like when my husband and I, in college, were driving around town and I spied a bride and groom in their fancy clothes using the car wash to remove the whipped cream "Just Married" from their vehicle. "Stop the car!" I urged my husband. Nah, he said, and drove on. Here's the stickler: he was a photography intern at the newspaper at the time. (Has he ever liked my ideas?)
Anyway, I guess I've recited the story of the blue ribbon munching-goat enough that my kids know I'm on the prowl for the quirky. That's part of the fun.
Sleepy black bunny that nibbled its ribbon some time ago? Ho-hum. Not the same as catching in the act!
If you look at the railing in front of my husband (on the left) you can see a blue ribbon detached from its yellow cord. Must not have tasted as good.
I like how intently goats return your gaze.
Goats! I love them.
The fair helps us learn about unusual livestock breeds, such as the Watusi, native to Africa:
and a B.W. Whiskers, a big-horned alpine goat:
The sign next to his pen says he thinks he is better than the rest of the goats in the herd. No kidding!
Our county fair made my daughter's elephant-riding dream come true.
and fun facts:
and also huckster-style sideshows, like a touted tiny horse and gigantic pig, both behind curtains (we didn't see):
If you haven't gone to a fair before, give it a look. Check here for a website that will help you find one. I hope you will have as much fun as we do each year.
Carnival ride (light rings) photo specs: ISO 100, f/9, bulb setting with shutter held open for 1.3 seconds.