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July 29, 2014

Sonoma County Fair Recap



One final fair for the summer, for us.  The Sonoma County Fair encompasses 2 1/2 weeks in total, thankfully the Jr. dairy group comes in on the first week and stays for five days, not the entire two week period. The kids love it.  They look forward to it and work their 4H fair projects all year long to be able to participate in the summer county fairs. 







This was the first year my son, Bryce, participated in the Sonoma County Fair so it was a new experience for him and for me. Dominic showed at this fair, as a child, for many years 30 years ago.  Things are a little more spread out at this fair as compared to the Petaluma, Sonoma-Marin Fair.  A good walk from the barns to the camp trailer, if we couldn't flag down any one of the numerous golf carts zipping around.

Days began at around 7 a.m., for Bryce, with a ride to the barn to feed, water and wash the animals...in our case one frisky heifer named, Roxy.




Show days were excruciating hot standing in the show ring under the covered arena.  




But all the kids were troopers and seemed to manage the heat swimmingly in their sweat soaked "whites".




In between show days, there's down time where we just sit around, try to catch poop before it hits the hay, and make sure all the animals are kept clean, watered and comfortable.





With hot, muggy days, comes beautiful sunsets over the fairgrounds and RV park almost every night and if we weren't busy feeding hungry kids, showering or feeding animals, we would be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of them.




On the last day of the fair, some of the kids competed in Dairy Challenge in the show ring.  To help raise some prize money for the competitors, Dominic graciously offered to let the kids shave his head if enough money was raised.

Before.


During > {thanks Lucas}




After.




Mug Shot.




The Sonoma County Fair also has horse racing.  Always fun at the races.




And NO fair is complete until copious amounts of fair food is consumed.



Until next year!  This year's fair theme.... "Peace, Love & Fair"


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