I'll also be assembling all the items that the goats will need while they are away from home - buckets, feed, hay, hoof trimmers, collars and leashes, various shampoos and brushes, shavings for their stalls, and so on. Then there are the people items: chairs, camera, the little cooler for drinks and snacks. K is in charge of the horsey items. I need to repair the big hole in the haynet, and wash the extremely dusty chairs before I pack them in the back of the truck (although if I forget, I guess I can wash them at the fairgrounds in the livestock wash area).
AND we'll be matting and mounting our photographs tonight and gathering other items that we will enter in the various county fair categories for judging.
Tomorrow will be the big day: taking 7 goats and a horse, plus fair projects, to the fairgrounds in one trip (two vehicles plus horse trailer). For the next three days I will be run ragged, trying to be in several different places and doing five jobs at once:
1. person who is showing goatsAt this point I always ask myself "why am I doing this?", but the answer is that it's fun, and it's only one week out of the year. But I'm also always glad when it's over. At least this year I'm not ALSO putting on a soapmaking demonstration. Whew!
2. mother of person who is showing goats
3. mother of person who is showing a horse in the horse show
4. leader of 4-H club putting on the horse show
5. leader of 4-H club holding a Children's Zoo at the fair (this is the 3rd year our club has provided this field trip opportunity for local schools and preschools)
Monday I'll have pictures and the results of the fair - see you then!