Oh boy, you guys! I went to the Royal Winter Fair with my Aunt! You know what that means. It's time for an ADVENTURES IN SPARKLAND PHOTO ESSAY! (tm)
As soon as the streetcar doors opened at the fairgrounds, we could smell manure. Who was doing all the pooping? Let's go inside and see. Starting with this fellow:
A mild-mannered llama who allowed visitors to pat his fluffy neck. I waited my turn and got in there for some fuzzy lovin'. Unfortunately I committed a faux pas by patting the llama on his head. His ears went back and his human (the man in the blue shirt right behind him) said "Oh, I can see he's upset now," so then of course I felt bad. Sorry, llama! I didn't mean to annoy you. There should have been a sign posted or something.
The Poo or False game of farm knowledge for children:
Answers were glued to the bottom of the (fake) cowpats.
This big bunny had some serious triple chins. I guess she uses them as a pillow when she's sleeping.
For the past two years, I've gone to the fair on the first Friday that it's open. I'm used to this one building being completely devoted to goats. I love goats! This year I went on the second Friday. All the goats had gone home to their farms, and had been replaced by sheep. I guess that's based on the competition judging schedule. Oh well. Sheep are pretty nice too.
Two friends sleeping nose to nose.
Here's my Aunt patting a wooly head.
Some of the sheep had been shorn. In order to keep them warm in the somewhat chilly barn, some farmers had dressed their charges in sweaters or coats. These guys looked a little weird with their hoods on. I heard one lady say "They look like Klan members."
Well, maybe a little, but they are black, so the similarity only goes so far.
This little girl was having a snooze. She was dreaming and her little hooves were twitching. I imagined that in her mind she was running across a sunny meadow full of clover. Doesn't she look happy? I wonder what she counts in order to fall asleep.
Look at those markings! They don't look real. If I hadn't seen the cows with my own eyes, I would have thought these were painted on.
The cow barn was busy. Some of the ladies were being milked by mechanical pumps. Others were being groomed for the judging ring. If you haven't seen a cow at the "beauty salon", being primped by a team of humans wielding clippers, hairdryers, and brushes, you haven't seen everything.
We didn't watch the cow contest. We did see a little of the sheep pageant, just by virtue of being close to the judging arena. The sheep had strong opinions about being made to stand in front of the judges. There was a lot of loud complaining from the contestants, which was then echoed by their compatriots who were still waiting their turn. My Aunt, who does volunteer worth with horses and is thus more of a farm expert than I am, said that the sheep were upset at being separated from the flock. Poor sheep. It's tough not understanding why about almost everything.
That's not the end, but I'm saving the rest of the photos for another post. Stay tuned for horses and giant vegetables!