When I was a kid I raised lambs and showed them at the Morrow County Fair in Mt. Gilead, Ohio.
Last week Mike and I went back to the fair to see my niece Sophie show her market ducks. After 30 some years, not much at the fair has changed.
4-H kids still wear white shirts when showing their animals. Here is Sophie with her market ducks.
A wide variety of animal breeds turn up - like these fluffy-headed fellows
and these guinea fowl.
Bunnies are still adorable.
Even this Flemish Giant who apparently bites...hard!
Boys still blow-dry chickens.
And girls still hose off hogs.
Goats still beg for attention.
And kids happily give it to them.
A tween's best friend is still a pig...
or maybe a goat.
And my family still ends up at Marshall's, a Mennonite-run funnel cake stand where they grind their own wheat into flour using a John Deere grinder that sits beside the stand.