Thursday, August 29, 2013

CNE Photo Essay

I went to the Canadian National Exhibition with my aunt, the horse lover.  My aunt's first priority, naturally, was a visit to the Horse Palace.  This first picture is of the mounted police's horse stables.  I post this mainly for scale: note the height of the half-doors over which the horsies are hanging their heads.

There was a miniature horse exhibition on just for the weekend, and I was lucky enough to get to meet some of the teeny ponies.  This little fellow is standing next to a half-door that's around the same height as the ones above. He weighs less than 200 pounds.

The miniature horses' little hooves clopped delicately as they walked on the concrete floor.  Some of the families that had brought wee horses to show had also brought their dogs.  You had to look twice to see whether it was a dog or a horse walking on a lead, because they were almost the same size.

Here's a momma mini-horse and her 3-month-old baby.

The foal was for sale for $800.  What?  That's less than some purebred puppies!  I was very tempted to take him home.  He would certainly turn heads on public transit.

Speaking of animals out of context, this bear wasn't feeling well, poor soul.

We met a baby snowy owl with amazing, bright yellow eyes.

Next up, in a refrigerated display case: butter sculptures!  Who recognizes the first one?  Clue: He's Canadian and that big collar is where his space helmet attaches to his space suit.

I have to say, those are the best butter sculptures I've ever seen.

Next up, a one-month-old calf.  He was moving his lips in his sleep as though he were dreaming about drinking milk.

6-month old cow.  My, they do grow up quickly, don't they?

Piggies, or, judging from the themed food at this year's fair, perhaps I should refer to them as "pre-bacons".  Oh yes, there was a lot of bacon to be found in the food building.  Don't tell the piggies.

Turkeys, striking a pose.

Slightly disturbing potato people, "proving" that this vendor only uses fresh-cut potatoes for their fries.  Well, whatever they were made of, those fries, and the gravy, were delicious.

And that is pretty much all there is to tell of the CNE.  I didn't eat anything crazy, unless you count "fries for dinner" as crazy.  (It's certainly unusual, for me at least.)  We didn't ride the zip line.  My aunt bought a hot pack.  I didn't buy anything other than food and water.  There really wasn't anything that I wanted.  Just quality time with my aunt.  Awwwww!  But it's true, we had fun, and then went home before it got dark because we are a couple of old ladies.  :-)


DarcKnyt said...

Hint number 2: That SECOND butter sculpture is ALSO Canadian, and probably better known, sadly.

Great stuff, Spark! Sounds like more fun than a cricket eating your hair.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Love pre-bacons and the wittle horsies!! Sounds like a fun day.

Vanessa T said...

Looks like so much fun! And how nice that you got to spend some time with your Aunt. :) That's a win.

Pre-bacon - ha! Love that!

And those butter sculptures are awesome! Please say they were right next to the toast sculptures. ;)

Granny Annie said...

Oh dear, I must not run into any wee horses or I would just have to bring one home. They are soooooo cute.

Now I actually have thought about adding a turkey or two to my fowl flock. No pigs for me however.

Love you description of the lovely time with your Aunt.

Jenski said...

I love visiting the agriculture stuff at fairs. You can get your large animal fix without having to take care of one!

Lynn said...

Quality time with aunts is always a good thing. Love those butter sculptures - especially ET.

LL Cool Joe said...

The butter sculptures are amazing. I recognised ET, do I get any points or a gold star for that?

Looks like a fun day out!