We have just settled in back home from a very busy week with our county fair. We had camped all week at the fair grounds because we had Katy’s 4H hogs, chickens and turkeys in the barn. Thankfully my brother and sister-in-law are kind enough to let us use their camper for the week. Being there has its advantages over driving to and from the house all week. Parking, even with a livestock parking pass, is an all out battle.

Katy showed two bronze and two blue slate turkeys for first place ribbons and a white silkie for a blue ribbon. She won Grand Champion with her four blues in the turkey division. After she brought out this blue slate tom the judge decided to view the rest of the birds in the pen. I think he thought that the gobbler was more than she could handle.

She was obviously very happy with her showing with the turkeys.

I was most proud of the way she preformed our National Anthem for the county queen contest. She was absolutely dynamite with her singing. I know I’m a proud daddy but she nailed an extremely tough song to sing and did it with her own little bit of country style.

This year her pigs were not what the judge was looking for. For a market hog show he seemed to prefer the muscled up pigs over a nice meat hog. Her handling skills are really improving over last year. It is amazing what a little practice and some advice from a couple of her peers has done for her performance in the ring. She still needs to lighten up and at least look like she is having fun instead of wearing a game face. She does have a competitive streak that is a bit wide.

Theresa and I got into the blue ribbon running this year. Vine bores had killed off this pumpkins future growth, so I entered it in the open agriculture division. He brought me a blue ribbon against stiff competition in the pumpkin division. It was the only entry.

Theresa had just finished knitting this sweater for Katy so I suggested that she enter it too. Why not add a bit of a story to a nice handmade gift that can be handed down to up and coming lil’ rug rats. She also won a blue ribbon for her work.

I had a great time watching Katy and my grandson having a blast riding rides together and stuffing their faces with enough greasy, sugar filled fair food. Katy was front and center for the Craig Morgan concert. We had given her one of the walkie-talkies to carry with her allowing a longer leash than she normally would have. When she landed center stage for the concert I could see her from where I was standing but she had no idea that she was in my line of sight. I called her several times on the radio to which she probably couldn’t hear during the preformance. When she finally did hear me she yelled in the mic “I’m in the front row and this guy rocks!…Listen!” and then I see a little hand holding a walkie-talkie in the air. Gotta love it. They worked hard. Played harder and crashed like they should.



  1. cat said,

    July 19, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    oh man!! i am so happy for you guys. sounds like it was a wonderful week for all and everything looks great! love the sweater too!! someday i'll knit like that..haha right now it's simple sweaters for me…thanks for sharing woody…congratulations on all of it..:)

  2. karl said,

    July 20, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    what a wonderful time. i'm happy that you guy had so much fun, a bit envious too.

  3. edifice rex said,

    July 20, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Yea!!! Congratulations to Katy for her turkeys! Beautiful sweater too and a darn nice pumpkin! Glad to see ya'll had such a great time!

  4. Woody said,

    July 22, 2009 at 5:09 AM

    Thanks ya'll…we had a good week.

  5. Leigh said,

    July 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Congratulations to Katy. We were very involved in 4-H when my kids were younger. An excellent resource.

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