Finally Home From Fair

Our county fair was a huge success this year!!  The last couple of years have been trying and I was dreading it for a number of reasons.  Certain people, weather, decorating the barn, and all the gear that you need for horse and human are just a few.  It seems that the older I get, the harder it gets to pull it all together.

The First Day of Fair

Moving in was smooth.  We put the camper up and then got the horse.  He loaded right up so I knew things were going to be okay.  His stall was waiting for him the minute we got there.  My daughter was showing a friend’s horse also and they were there waiting for us too.  We spent about an hour moving everything from the trailer to the tack stall and didn’t worry about it being a mess or not.  It was in there and we had the rest of the day for organizing.  Both horses were doing great.

The Show Days

The next couple of days were for showing.  On Friday, before noon, my daughter had qualified for the state show with our horse so the pressure was off! We could relax the rest of the time but she really wasn’t into the whole relaxing thing.  She was still giving 100% and thankfully won the Pony Championship in English Pleasure!  Yay!  It was a great day for her and the pony (and the pony’s owner!)

Last Day of Fair

The last day of fair was a fun day for everyone.  The kids participated in an extreme trail class, a costume contest, and a fun gymkhana type show.  After spending three days being all dressed up prim and proper, they could ride in the trail obstacle course and the fun show however they wanted.  The only requirements were jeans, boots, helmet, and short sleeve shirt.  They could ride bareback or with a saddle, english or western, english bridle with a western saddle, etc.  It was just for fun, making new friends, and creating great memories.

The Few Things that Didn’t Go Well

Cleaning up didn’t go so great but I still didn’t let it bother me.  It took us a long time to get everything packed into the trailer.  Thankfully, both horses loaded right up.  We didn’t get home until almost 10:30 p.m. and thankfully I took off today.  It really helped a lot!

The weather was pretty rough.  It was hot and incredibly humid.  When it’s that humid, you feel damp and sticky all the time and there’s no way to get out of it.  It’s everywhere.  Sitting makes the sweat run down your back.  Cleaning out stalls makes sweat run down everywhere.

Parking can be a challenge too.  Once in awhile I needed to run home and getting back into the fairgrounds was tricky because there were lines.  After we got in, the people directing the traffic didn’t understand the whole camping thing and would try to direct us to other places. It was frustrating trying to get back to the camping spot.

Last but not least, I’m just getting old.  I can’t bend my right elbow.  I’m not sure if it has something to do with the IV that I had on Monday or something else but it’s stuck.  I have bruises all over my arm from the tech who couldn’t get the IV in but I don’t know if that would cause this.  Also, when we got back to the barn, our horse was hungry by then and practically ran us over to get out of the trailer and back inside his home.  He stepped on my foot and I was not wearing boots.  Of course, my baby toe is swollen, bruised, and hurts like heck today.

It was a GREAT fair

I shouldn’t complain at all because it was a great fair.  The kids and parents were all awesome this year.  We met a lot of new people and everyone stayed safe.  Only one girl fell off of her horse the entire week.  One of the judge’s was telling us that she debated about not coming because at the last county fair she went to, they had to call an ambulance 4 times on one day because the kids were just terrible riders.  She said that our kids are all very very good riders and we should be proud of all 35 of them. It makes me feel good to know that as 4-H leaders, we’re all doing a great job getting the kids ready for showing.

Despite the few negatives, I think this was the best fair that we’ve had in a number of years.  I can’t wait for the board meeting next week so I can go and tell them all the positive things I heard people saying.  I hope everyone had as good of a time as I did!


Rough Time at the County Fair

Some days I wonder if spending all this time decluttering is worth it in the end.  I thought I was getting pretty organized.  I thought I took care of most of the stressful stuff for the county fair but after four days of excessive heat and strong thunderstorms, we’ve completely fallen apart.

The first day went super smoothly.  I got up early and got to the fairgrounds to set everything up.  My organization was impressive.  I had made plans for someone to come pick up our horse and that went off without a hitch.  It only took him about 10 minutes to load up with only a small amount of fuss.  The last attempt at loading him took 4 hours so this was easy.  We made one more trip home for a few things and then we were set for the rest of the day.

Thursday started out good too.  Around 8:00 a.m. we had a big ugly storm but it wasn’t too awful.  Throughout the day, there were a few things that we couldn’t find but all in all, it was okay.  At about 7:00 p.m., it was still incredibly hot and another storm was brewing.  We had survived the earlier storm so we decided to try to wait it out in the horse barn.

Big Mistake.

The storm came in like a ferocious lion and the incoming weather reports were bad.  A group of sheriffs came storming into the barn and told us that we were being evacuating us immediately.  There was nothing quiet about anything they did.  The kids were already freaking out and these sheriffs just caused mass panic with the way they made their entrance.  The closest solid building was across the fairgrounds. It was not fun trying to run there in the lightening.

Friday seemed to be going okay but then my daughter forgot part of a pattern and was disqualified from her first class.  It wasn’t a great way to start the day.  Things started looking up with a red ribbon in the next class.  The tack stall is by now a mess and the horse just doesn’t seem to be acting right.

Here we are on Saturday and the horse is sick.  He’s not colicking yet but he was sick enough that we had to drop out of the rest of the day’s events.  I’m so sad and bummed about the way this fair is going.

More Storms Coming

And now to top it off, the sky is getting darker and darker as another storm is approaching.  Time to close up the camper windows for the umpteenth time this week.  Hopefully we won’t have to make a mad dash this time.