Life Lessons

We just got back from 5 days at the California State Fair.

My good friend and I always go together. We love this fair, because at both of our county fairs we are in charge of things and are running around like crazy people. At my fair I lead both sheep and goat projects from my club and at hers she is in charge of their entire sheep and goat barn. So to only be in charge of our own children (we only had 7 of them competing) and our own animals (there were 9 total), this fair is a breeze.

And as always, we learned lots of life lessons this year.

Bookworm, Dasher, and Nutsy participated in Champion Challenge. This is a written test that they take about their species.

Bookworm made it into the next round but the other two did not. And then Bookworm didn't make it into the 3rd round.

Lesson learned? Study harder.

We didn't do so great in our competitions. In market we didn't place at all.

And in showmanship, my girls, in their different classes, were one of the first three to be called out.

This is state fair, and the competition is very tough.

Lessons learned?

Be a gracious and humble loser.

The kids spent time bathing their goats, walking them, and fitting them. While they do this, the general public is milling around and watching what they do.

Nutsy's goat Pepper does NOT like to walk around at all, so she really has to coax him and sometimes needs to tug on his tail a bit.  One lady, who obviously did not know anything about livestock, stopped Nutsy when she was trying to walk him and told her she was mean. Nutsy explained that she did need to walk her goat and the lady replied, "Well, you are still being very mean to that goat."

We also had someone speak rudely to another of our 4-H kids, and then even one of the fair managers got testy with Bookworm for something that was not her fault.

Lesson learned? People are going to say unkind things to you all your life. Brush it off.

We had silly moments, neck rubs, and hair braiding contests.

We also spent an afternoon touring around the fair a bit.

And the younger kids did Read to Ride and got me a ticket so I could do a ride with them.

 Lesson Learned? Have fun no matter what.

The highlight of our time last week was on Monday and was the Best of County show. This is where each county sends their top master showman -  the one that won Senior Master Showmanship.

They compete here and are judged, and then one winner, the top showman in the state, is picked.

And my friend's daughter won the Best of County!

You might recognize the girl who won in FFA; she is from our county and helped Nutsy when she competed in Junior Masters. Both of these girls are AMAZING showmen, and deserved to win the coveted golden bear.

 Lesson Learned? Hard work pays off.

So we learned a lot this week. And had a great time.


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