Yesterday at the Fair

The judging of market lambs and market goats took up much of the day at the Buckwheat Festival.  Congratulations to Lena for a blue ribbon in Showmanship!

Wednesday is a quiet day, as the rides and exhibits have not yet opened. It’s kind of a peaceful day, and way to ease into all the excitement yet to come… a good day to visit with the other animals without all the crowds.

It’s Buckwheat Time!

Last week the carnival rolled in to Kingwood, and began to set up for our county fair, The Buckwheat Festival.  By now the rides are all set up, and the food trucks are warming up.  Things kick off this morning with the Market Goat Show.

The livestock barns are all spiffed up and ready for action.  Lena’s 4-H market lambs, Katniss and Primrose, made their way to the fair last night.  They’re all settled in and ready for the Market Lamb Show this afternoon.  Please be sure to with them luck! 
(We’re going to try to post updates on Sheeps and Peeps Twitter if you would like to follow along!)

It’s Buckwheat Time!

Fall has arrived and that means that it’s time for our county fair, the Buckwheat Festival!  All over the county young and old are making preparations to enter their best – best hay, best pumpkin, best canned beans, best handiwork- competing for blue ribbons and Best of Show.  4-H and FFA club members are getting their animals ready for show and will take them to the fairground barns today.  Lena will take Bella and Edward, her 4-H market lambs, this evening.  She broke her wrist last week so this is sure to be an adventure; please wish her lots of luck.
The fairgrounds are being readied, and soon we will all delight in the colors, the sights, the sounds, the parades, the pageantry… delight in all that is our county fair… the Preston County Buckwheat Festival!

Exhibits at the Buckwheat Festival

One of our favorite things to do at the Buckwheat Festival is go through the Exhibit Hall.  There are wonderful entries from all ages from all over the county.  Everything from eggs and canned goods,

needlework of all kinds, including quilts… old and new

prize-winning hay

all kinds and sizes of vegetables… from very tiny cucumbers

to giant pumpkins

and I think this year’s family favorite is this very imaginative coach and horse made from fruits and vegetables… so clever!

Buckwheat Festival Scenes

We love watching all the Judging of the animals and the Showmanship Contests.  Goats, swine, sheep and cows, we love watching them all.  This year’s judge seemed tireless, as he spent a lot of time with each entry, explaining why he placed them as he did.  Lena did not place as well as she would have liked.  It is not easy to explain to a young lady that many times life’s lessons are all about the journey and not at all about the prize.