This last week was the HOT Fair. HOT is “Heart of Texas”. On Thursday, we joined a local homeschool group to do “field trip” to the fair, along with a great number of actual school groups, all of a preschool or kindergarten age.
We started with a presentation where the gal introduced several animals to us: a water buffalo, a tortoise and a baby kangaroo. We learned that water buffaloes are from Africa, tortoises don’t swim (while turtles do) and a baby kangaroo is a joey.
From there we went to a ‘magic show’, which was a fun presentation about how food gets from farms to the table. Little Man even got to go up on stage for part of it! He loved that, and I think it made his day.
Mr Wigglesworth wasn’t too keen on the animals, but he did love the chickens and birds. The donkey was too loud for his taste (and mine), and the cows too big.
After watching some pigs race (totally trained pigs. Very cute.) We made it to the petting zoo. Little Man loved it, Mr Wigglesworth was uncertain.
Off to one side, we could see the animals that were there to be shown. I was reminded that is is what the fair is about, showing who was good at doing Ag: animals and various handicrafts. We watched a gal groom her steer, and he stood there calmly and let him use the blower to rid him of straw and debris.
By the time we got home, all 3 of us where zonked. Mr Wigglesworth laid down for a nap early, I napped. Little Man showed signs of tiredness (but of course, he denied it). We will do it again next year and maybe we can figure out something for Little Man or I to enter. We saw all kinds of handicraft items on display, having been judged in various categories.
Let me know in the comments if you enter anything in your local fair. I did as a kid and Mom did nearly every year when I was young. It was fun to see my work on display. How about you?