Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kentucky sucks...

At least when it comes to county fairs. I'm from southeastern Ohio, and I grew up going to the Guernsey County Fair in Old Washington ,Oh. When I was a kid I had fat steers in the fair, and even though they were a lot of work, I will always remember the camaraderie of being in a club, with friends who were doing the same thing.
The funnest part of being in 4-H though, by far, was hanging out at the fair.
When I took my kids to Nicholas county fair, I was very excited. They would get to see what I enjoyed as a kid, and we would have a shared experience to connect us. Yeah, didn't happen. I don't know what it is about Kentucky, but I have not found a single fair I have enjoyed. Nicholas County has two food booths. No rides. No animals. Demolition derby. That's it. Certainly not worth the cost of admission.
So, last week I took my kids up to the Guernsey County Fair, my old stomping grounds, and they had a BLAST!!!
There were PLENTY of rides. The balloons above were something I had never seen before. The kids climbed in these plastic bubbles, and the guy aired them up with a leaf blower. They stayed completely dry, but they were playing in the water. They loved it!

This side of the fairgrounds contained all the livestock barns, and everything was full! Cattle, horses, chickens, rabbits, goats, pigs. It was all there, plus extra. I will never forget going to the Kentucky State Fair one year, and there not being 1 single horse on the property. It's Kentucky for goodness sakes! On this day at Guernsey, they had harness racing in the afternoon, and the draft horse pulls that night. The grandstand (even though not pictured) always had something going on.
The donkey above is a piebald Sicilian. The white chickens below are called frizzles, because their feathers grow out. And the rooster on the right is actually a Turken, yep, part turkey and part chicken.

This is the other side of the fairgrounds, the rides side. Pictured are only a portion of what was there.

This was my favorite part of the night- the Draft Horse Pull. This was a lightweight team pulling about 7,000 lbs. The winning team of the contest pulled 10,500 lbs. Imagine pulling about 5 cars, all with their parking brakes on.

I'm still exploring, looking for a county fair down here I like, but for right now, I think I'll travel the five hours to Ohio. It's well worth it.

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