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The county fair on film

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A few weeks back Kevin and I took my one and only nephew (I have five nieces and one nephew) to the county fair.  He's getting to the age where everything his two younger sisters do annoys him so it was the perfect opportunity to take him alone and spend some quality time together. He's basically the bee's knees. When I have kids I hope they're half as cool as this little guy.

The county fair is nowhere near as amazing as I remember. When I was younger I would make little countdown calenders to the fair. I'd save my every penny in a little bank labeled "fair money" so I could buy all the shaved ice, strombolis and fart bombs possible. I was in 4H from the time I was old enough up until I was 17. Fair was basically the highlight of life, nothing was more fun. Visiting the fair now is strange. It's foreign to me.

Strange feelings of nostalgia aside, we had a blast. He's not allowed to ride any rides so we just ate lots of cotton candy and enjoyed making friends with all the animals. I think Kevin, my nephew and I would all be in agreement* that the goats were the best. We even went through the goat barns twice. They were so sweet. One even spent a few minutes licking our hands. Someday when we have some more property I think Kevin and I need some pet goats.

xoxo

*Did you know that "agreeance" isn't a word? What?! I had no idea. Now I'm curious what other sort of made up words I've been using for all these years!!

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  1. Goats are very cool, I'd love to have one. We don't have county fairs here. Why are all the animals there? Is it like a petting zoo or are they there for people to buy?

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    1. Oh really? I thought fairs were like...everywhere! Have you ever been to one?

      Some animals are there to buy, some are there to show off, and some are there to buy as food. But for the most part you can basically pet all of them. :)

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    2. No it's not really big here. I think there used to be more in the past, but now it's only something you see occasionally in a few towns and it's more like a big (or not so big) flea market with a few rides.

      Fairs in movies always look so fun. I vaguely remember a small fair from when I was about 10 and I think they only had rides and food.

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  2. Gorgeous photos! Looks like a lovely day.

    Rose Eva
    SilhouettedBlog

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  3. I adore your photos. My favorite is the little black and white bunny. :)

    A couple of weekends ago, my boyfriend took me to a county fair and they had a HUMONGOUS goat barn. Well, I think it actually spread over two or three barns. Suffice to say there were A LOT of goats. What perplexed me the most was that some goats had long, floppy ears and others did not. So I decided to ask a family who looked like they owned the earless goats. They told me they were called La Mancha goats and that they were bred that way. Have you ever heard of La Mancha goats??

    Google link: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=La%20mancha%20goats&gbv=2&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

    Karen

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    1. I didn't know what they were called but we definitely some of those silly goats too! (I definitely like the ones with long floppy ears better!)

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    2. I definitely prefer the ones with long floppy ears also! Do you have any idea why it might be advantageous for a goat to be earless though?

      Karen

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  4. Country fairs seem so interesting. I've always wondered what they have there. I always thought they were like our fun fairs or summer fairs, which has a little parade with local businesses and schools and stalls set up for local charities.

    I had no idea that animals would be there.

    Becky
    xx

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  5. Let's talk about goats. Once, when I was about fourteen, I got to hold a newborn goat and I fell. in. love. Last fall a family we're close with asked me to housesit for them, and I was pumped because they had goats! Well, it turns out that they're a lot cute from a distance than up close. Milking the mama goat was its own special kind of hell and the kids were little demons. Once when I had to leave, they ran away. I chased them into the barn only for them to climb upon the dumpster and get too scared to jump down. I had to lift them off and shove them back into their pen. And that was barely the worst of it...

    Not to tell you my life story, but suffice it to say, I recommend that you love goats from a distance :) They're cute and sweet through a fence, but when you're the boss they can get kind of grouchy.

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  6. Oh, I love beaing in the country<3 These pictures are awesome <3
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/CoeursDeFoxes

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  7. Great pics! I'm waiting for my nephew (he's 4) to get a tad bit older so I can take him places, he such a great kid already, very smart and witty but can be a handful and a little too whiny for me. But I enjoy home activities like painting with him, I really want to take him somewhere cool though!

    I haven't been to a petting zoo since I was a little kid and hardly remember it, now I really want to pet a goat!

    xomando

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  8. I'm going to a county fair this weekend near my hometown as well. These pictures just got me really excited about it- it's my boyfriends first time ever going to one!

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  9. Goats are definitely the best, haha, I adore them

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  10. So cute ~ I haven't been to a petting zoo in ages! My family and I went on a picnic and there were wild horses on the mountain but one bit my brother (so now he a horse teeth bruise) but I'd love to go to a petting zoo again.

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  11. agreeance isn't a word?!? when did THAT happen?!?
    This looks like a perfect day! I wish a fair was in town now! I would love to go!! xo

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  12. Eerie how much your fair looks like my own! I guess that makes sense since 4H was involved with both. I should have remembered to take pictures of the bunnies but I was too busy going "AWWWWWWWW" or "darn that one is sold". I wasn't even looking to buy one; I hardly have the space.

    We also love the goats, they were the first place we visited! For some reason the sheep were more friendly for the pettings though.

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  13. The country fairs in Portugal are not as fun as that one seems to be. The photos show some kind of nostalgia! Oh...I wish I could go to that one!!!

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  14. I love goats too. When I was a child my neighboor had some and we took them out for a walk, like you do with dogs... it was fun!

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    1. Many people in my neighborhood own goats as pets. I see them all the time walking on leash. In fact there are many goats in my town. They are cute and amazing animals!!

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  15. Seeing this through a childs eyes things are always brighter and larger! a magical world to enchant. Love that first photo and the animals :-} hope you get a chance to pop by my blog would love to have you as a follower.

    Hugs Lorraine

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  16. My boyfriend use to raise and show piggies.. and I think also ONE goat. He talks about the fairs he went to all the time. I love fairs and all the yummy foods!

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  17. love your images. i think always say the same thing to you when i randomly post.

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  18. We saw Weird Al Yankovic play at our county fair just last week. That made the fair a whole lot more fun than it normally is :)

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  19. Aw, such cute animals! I like your photographs, they're so crisp and vibrant and pretty and they make me feel happy inside. :)

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  20. Hey! I really love your pictures! what camera or lens do you use? Do yo edit them?

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    1. These were taken with a Canon T2 and they weren't edited.
      :)

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  21. Don't worry. The internet says 'agreeance' IS a word: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/agreeance

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    1. That actually just says that it's an outdated word.

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  22. I am SO into the fair! I also, have been going every year since I was a kid, and there's just something about it that makes my heart really happy. Ours is next month. YAY!
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  23. 1) Wonderful photos, as usual.
    2) I know what you mean about the fair being foreign. State Fair in Wisconsin is a HUGE thing. Everyone goes to it pretty much. This year I didn't get to go and I feel like I'm almost too grown up for it. But the biggest bummer is that I didn't get to eat my chocolate covered bacon. Dang.
    3) Hopefully you get a goat!! I can't wait to get my own once I get a big enough yard not in the city. I'm curious to see what the cats think of it. =D

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  24. These photos are all so lovely, although it does make me sad to see all the caged animals :c

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  25. Lovely pictures! We took our son to the state fair last week. I think it was the most fun I had at a fair. I was always excited to go to county fairs but would always be disappointed. So I didn't have high expectations for a state fair but oh my! I had so much fun!

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  26. Awww, what sweet photos of these animals ♥

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  27. Eeeeeeeeeeee, how fun!

    When I was about 15, my aunt had a pet goat and a pot-bellied pig who were the best of friends. It's not very common in this part of Florida so it was always fun to see them. One time, she brought the goat, Dante, to my parent's house and we spent hours running around the house while he chased us. It was so fun!

    I'm guilty of the fake word thing, too. Don't worry. Thankfully my best friend is an English nut so she usually corrects me before I embarrass myself. Heh.

    - Linz

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  28. We visit the goats every time we go to the zoo (which is often) because my son loves them! I used to love the fair, too... but I can see the over-ratedness of them now. It's worth it for funnel cake, though.

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  29. Bunnies!!! I used to have a bunny that was white with black spots. Cutest little thing ever. You've made me want a bunny again, lol.

    xo, Adriana.
    Horses of Ares

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  30. This is exactly how I imagine a semi-rural American fair, sort of like the the harvest festival in Parks & Recreation.

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  31. Found this googling. Maybe it used to be a word and isn't anymore? Also... never thought I'd come across anything citing Limp Bizkit while researching grammar. The word agreeance, "The state of agreement; when two or more people possess the same opinions or ideas" was once included in most dictionaries and used during the 1500's, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. More notably, the OED, confirmed its validity when Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst, used the word correctly during a speech at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

    Aside from that, lovely pictures as always!

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  32. Hmm, interesting about "agreeance" because I've definitely heard it....took me a few seconds to realize I suppose the proper form is "agreement."

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  33. I agree, I used to love the fairs as a kid growing up in rural CT and now they seem to fall short somehow, though I still love a good muster! I'll bet your nephew had just the best time with his wonderful Aunt!

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  34. When I was a child I went only once to this kind of fair, which is held to this day in a park of exhibitions in the capital of the state where I live. I had this little curiosity with goats and two years ago I was able to make sure that yes, they are the best! I worked a half months as a volunteer in the university area of ​​goats, and it was a great time. I cleaned, fed goats and even helped the birth of two baby goats. The best part was playing with the older and learn to produce milk cheeses and sweets. I'm sure when you can have your own goats will, at least, entertaining.
    Sorry my mistakes in English, but I am Brazilian and I don't know your language very well, so I needed the help of google translator.

    Hugs and cheers.

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  35. aww i was there too! on saturday, but i don't like the animals... did you see the HUGE rabbits?! omg!

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  36. This post hits close to home for me. Our county fair starts this weekend. It used to be the highlight of my summer. I was also in 4H and we spent every day at the fair. Now I just go out there for about 10 minutes to buy a funnel cake and see all the livestock. One of the worst things about being an adult is losing that feeling of amazement over things like summer vacation, holidays, and the fair. *sigh*

    Great goat pictures, btw! My goal is to own one someday. :)

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  37. Oh gosh, the cuteness!
    Goats are the best, I want a pygmy goat to keep in my back garden!
    And the bunnies! So cute! Eeeep!

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  38. a) I am terrified- terrified of rabbits.
    b) that tent image is perfect!

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  39. i'm excited to see you went to your county's fair this year too- it's a newer concept for Denver, but I had the best time ever! the goats were definitely the best part :)

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  40. I think goats are the best! I worked on a goat farm for 6 weeks, in Ireland and feel in love with their different personalities! We don't have county fairs so much here in Aus, but it sounds super fun!

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  41. My mister is dying for the day he can have a goat in the backyard...he he. :) they're so cute when they're little, but they'll seriously try to eat the shorts off of you - literally - when they're big. lol. Love your fair shots!

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