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.