True to tradition, the fair included a modest, but still delightful group of small farm animals and poultry to be judged. I just never tire of going pen to pen and cage to cage inspecting these lovely creatures!
I believe there was also some sort of judging of antique tractors which were displayed throughout the fair. Although, where the award-winning vintage VW bus fits in I'm not quite sure!
My favorite aspect of any state or county fair, however, is the fresh produce, flowers and hand-made items submitted for judging. I find the entire process incredibly charming. Not in a patronizing way, but, in a completely sincere form of respect for the hard work and skill that goes into such things, and, the sense of pride and community that comes from both putting them on display and stopping by to take a look. Since we live in a large city in another state, our experience is somewhat voyeuristic. I still enjoyed it, nonetheless...
|Look at all those awesome tomatoes in one place! Bravo!|
|Flowers, fruit, veggies and baskets all on display.|
|I heard the pumpkins have all been ripening too early this year in the northeast and that we may have a shortage come October. That situation certainly did not hurt this guy who won a "Best in Show" ribbon!|
|Not sure what type of hen lays these but loved the blue eggs!|
|There were some nice handmade items upstairs in the grange hall....|
|This hooked rug was impressive up close. Now that I see it from a ways back, I think it is after a Gauguin painting. Would have liked it better as an original design but the craftwork is certainly noteworthy...|