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Fair 2007

My have we all been busy here the last week or so. Last week was fair week here in the county. BJ took the children to enjoy all the rides and exhibits. I stayed home and took a nap. Of course with fairs come beauty pageants and I just happen to have some contestants. Madison won 2nd runner up in her division. Unfortunately Kaylee was grouped together with much older participants and didn’t place.

I have finally finished clipping all the pastures except one. We decided to go ahead and start the second cutting of hay. There will be less than a third of what we usually get. The weather is perfect for square baling. Too bad I haven’t fixed the square baler. I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t even ordered the part yet. I have become quite the procrastinator. Seems I’m always working on something, but seldom get done with anything. I did get a clothesine finished and put in at the new double-wide. Now BJ can hang sheets and towels on the line to dry.

I borrowed a dump truck from the excavator working on the poultry house pad and have slowly been cleaning up the rubble around the rental trailer.The weather remains hot and dry here. There are piles of brush everywhere that need to be burned. I’m afraid to burn anymore after Sunday. I started several piles that the wind was favorable for burning only to have the wind change and one jump into the woods. It’s a good thing I’ve got the 6000. I had to use it to cut a fire line to keep the fire from getting too far out of control.

The kids have accumulated more rabbits. Our friend and neighbor John Bryant brought 3 by to give to the kids. It seems our place ends up home to animals that nobody wants anymore. They are cute rabbits and a whole bunch more tame than the ones we had. Garett and Madison stuck them in the dog kennel on grass until we can get those cages I have been planning to build done.

My dad finally delivered the disc he had picked up cheap. I can tell why it was cheap now. It needs a lot of work. It’s a monster too. Looks to be 10 ft wide. I’m trying to decide what it’s worth most as. We could just cut it up for scrap, we could make 2 or 4 smaller discs, or I could refurbish it. Refurbishing it would probably not be the best use for it. It would take a lot of work and money. I can probably buy one as cheap as I can fix this one.

The garden is done except for a fewer smaller tomatoes. Just right for sandwiches. Nana says she is glad the preserving is over. I don’t think the goats feel the same way. They were still gobbling down every scrap of cull produce. We are trying to decide what to plant for our fall garden. Well I have lots to do so I better go for now…………..Be sure to check out the pics I’ve added.


6 Responses to “Fair 2007”

  1. Sheila Says:

    Do you guys enter any animals or produce at the fair? My kids and I enter canned stuf, eggs crafts and corn and grain at the Elizebethtown , Pa fair. they did very good. they are not in 4-H so they didnt enter animals . Sheila.

  2. Sheila Says:

    what do you plant in your fall garden , when is your killing frost in Pa is about Oct 15

  3. joelw Says:

    We don’t enter anything in the fair as of yet. We’ve talked about entering a goat or vegetables, but just never have the time. Our fair is new, only about 3 years old and there is very little participation except in a few categories.

    The fall garden usually consists of brocolli, lettuce, a few onions, and a couple tomatoe plants. Very small. Sometimes the frosts don’t come until very late in the season, but other times they come in October.

    Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy!

  4. Kevin Says:

    Joel,
    Tell Kaylee not to be disappointed in not placing this year. Tell her to just keep on working on her poise, talent and interviewing techniques. Most of the girls really win based off of the scoring in those areas.

    Have you gotten any rain out of Hurricane Humberto yet, or are you still dry? It looks like the gulf coast is getting soaked, but I didn’t know if you were on the northern edge of it or not. We didn’t get anything out of it, we’re too far north.

    Kevin

  5. Windyridge Says:

    I can’t get my kids to wear sunglasses, I wish i could. You have an interesting site. We need more like yours. We need the farms to stick around.

  6. Greg Says:

    I think the same company does the fair rides in our county (Wayne Country Ohio) :) . Since I moved to Wayne County I make it a point to attend the fair, small town fairs are so much different than the county fair that I grew up with. A lot less likely to get mugged in Wayne County. Difference between a small town and a big town I suppose.

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