Grandview fair was a pretty important part of our summer. Ashley and two of her friends, Jenna & Hayley had all raised sheep here to show & sell at the fair.
It takes a lot of hardwork to get the sheep safely & healthily- is that even a word?- to fair date. We had a couple minor hic-ups with some prolapses and a shearing injury but it all worked out in the end and between the 3 girls we took 5 sheep to the fair. It was the first fair for the Essary family so it's always a very big learning experience:) I think we sold them on it! Poor Jenna's sheep that had the shearing injury managed to rip it open on a piece of wire and made quite an ugly bloody mess! Thankfully there was a vet staying on the fairgrounds so the girls were able to walk the sheep over to her camper where it was promptly cleaned and stitched right up. Another great 'farming' experience for Jen:)
Ashley got 3rd in her class for market and made it to the championship round for showing so she did really well. Also got a great price for both her sheep on sale day thanks to some wonderful supporters!
Bob had the camper up in Alberta so we didn't stay at the fairgrounds. Ashley and some friends stayed in a tent by Denise's camper and I did a lot of running back and forth with the other kids. Definitely a much funner experience if you have the camper there for a home base but we made it through. And Tyler had no asthma issues, he was even able to hang out at the sale ring for a little while without any ill effects so we were quite excited by that!!
But I have to say the highlight of the Grandview fair was "Dog" Let me tell you the story about a Dog......... One of the sheep we got from the Maljaars was a bottle baby. His mama didn't want him so they had been bottle feeding him from birth. Typically bottle fed babies do not make good show sheep because they are kind of wimpy and not well developed. Tyler & Kendra loved bottle feeding Dog.
Overall Ashley had a great time at the fairs this year, met a lot of new friends and can't wait to do it again next fair season!