But, I still insisted they submit a few general projects because I think it's an important part of the 4H & Fair experience.
The Fair kicked off Monday with the general project judging. Chase chose to do an Animal Science Display about how we hatched our own chicks this year.
Coe chose Animal Science which he shared how we butcher our meat chickens,
as well as Forests of Fun & Vegetable Garden Display.
Coe's Sprouting Sweet Potato poster (which also doubled as his Science Fair project this last school year) won a State qualifying ribbon.
His Farm to Table entry and Chase's Hatching Chicken Eggs were both awarded State Alternate ribbons.
Tuesday (Day 2) brought a bit more craziness. It was Poultry & Rabbit Show Day!
We wheeled into the fair with fake smiles & good behavior death threats. To my relief the other parents seemed to be wearing that same "we almost had a knock down drag out before we got into the truck" look. Oh thank goodness. We were normal!!!
Wednesday (Day 3) was a just for fun day hanging out with friends.
which resulted in a $5. plastic ice-cream cone that we got to carry around for the rest of the day. She was so proud so it was worth it ( I guess).
The afternoon ended with one of my favorite Fair week activities called AG Olympics. It's put on by the Illinois Extension office; it's free (again, cheap mom here), and the kids have an absolute blast!
It started with an egg toss & a lot of yolk on kids' clothes.
Thursday (Day 4) was Goat Show Day.
Chase was all about showing goats & he did fantastic!
With a lot of help from some friends of ours we got our goats ready and to the show on Thursday morning.
When I was a kid I wanted sheep or any kind of animal I could show at the fair. I remember being so jealous of my cousin who got to wear the cool button up shirts & rope belts & she even got to sleep in her camper at the fair ALL week! Every once in awhile I got to help wash a sheep and lead it back to it's holding pin. Oh how I longed to be one of the "fair kids".
Coe had no interest in showing goats this year, but did get a chance to help a friend show a hog. And now he is hooked and begging for hogs for next year. I of course say, okay!
Again, when to tell Aaron we need a hog pen...
Tonight is the 4H Livestock Auction and then the Truck & Tractor Pulls followed by the Demo Derby tomorrow night. We've almost made it! What a week!