I hadn't remembered how many varieties of goats there are; Ears up. Ears floppy. No ears. Most of them were napping, so we got excited whenever one was actually standing up. VERY EXCITING--this one was actually eating.
OK, I like the effect of the head moving showing how much he likes eating.
Goats have rectangular pupils. This was the only curious and friendly goat or sheepie in the whole place. The rest kept their distance.
Wouldn't you like to have him in your goat pen?
He wanted to eat the midtone gray card on my friend's camera.
He also loved being scritched on the throat and around the eyes and forehead exactly the same way that my dog Tika does.
Kids and farm animals! What could be cuter?
The white goat wanted to scritch his head and the brown goat happened to be convenient.
The white goat wanted to scritch his head and the brown goat happened to be convenient. I love the expression on the brown goat's face here; wish it had been in better focus.
This is what all of a goat looks like.
Another good-looking goat.
Mr. Sheepie wondered whether we had any food.
These are Oberhasli goats, a Swiss breed. We thought they were gorgeous. They are milk goats.
These Oberhasli goats obviously liked their humans, snuggling up for affection.
The kids whose hogs and cattle are auctioned off make thank-you gifts for the buyers, who sometimes pay a thousand or more dollars for an animal.
Liked the colors and textures.
Pigs were steered with sticks, which their owners used to guide, prod, and tap the animals. Nothing harsh at all, just firm.
Sometimes the stick wasn't enough; a 300-lb hog really goes where he wants to go.
After each animal was sold, the youngster who raised him had their photo taken.
The kids looked rightfully proud. They not only had to raise the animals but train them how to be moved around.
Future Farmers of America teen with ribbons won at the Fair.
The pens in the livestock tent were spacious enough for more than one sheep. Mostly they slept, sometimes got up for a nibble at the food or the passers-by.
Kids and sheep. Who could resist?
Wool sheep are shown with their coats; meat sheep are shown shorn so the buyers can evaluate their meat. The numbers are to identify the animals in the auction ring.
I loved watching the auctioneers.
4H gal with ribbons and--well, she's a teen--text messaging.
The whole livestock community was involved in promoting Breast Cancer research, so pink appeared everywhere. This lady wore an Avon Walk ribbon.
Pink for breast cancer research. Everyone had fun with the pink.
The auctioneers even wore pink shirts. All of them, not just the one doing the calling, seemed to move in synch, heads moving together to scan for bidders, hands waving across the audience in appeal for higher bids.
Expression conveys the whole idea: "Come on, I can't believe you're not bidding higher on this animal!"
The auctioneers not only kept their voices flowing in a steady, compelling chant, but their hands and arms moved constantly as well, like a conductor playing his audience.
The winning bids were tracked on this board. Hogs weighed in between about 250 and 300 pounds, and bids were per pound.
The auctioneer zeroes in on a bidder.
The kids guide the pigs into the area between the audience/bidders and the auctioneers and walk them back and forth so the buyers can evaluate the quality of their meat.
Sometimes the stick wasn't enough to move the hogs along, so a hefty guy with a big plastic board helped.
The audience went nuts when one pig went for over $7 a pound, more than twice what seemed to be the average.
The pig parades back and forth, and the auctioneers work the audience.
A 4-Her looks on as the latest winning bid is recorded. The auctioneers thanked the buyers profusely for coming out and supporting the kids and the fair.
The auctioneer and his cohort (the announcer) really seemed to move as one, hands and head and eyes playing across the audience in the search for bidders, first left---
Sometimes guiding with a stick was sufficient to keep the hog moving along.
The auctioneer keeps his hands and arms in fluid motion, cajoling, pulling bids from the bidders, engaging the audience in his call for higher bids.
The hands, always moving, both men on the stand moving together--
hands together and look left--
Hands point in synch to a bidder. Just amazing watching them work! (The announcer is also an experienced auctioneer, so he knows the moves just as well.)
Pink in support of breast cancer research showed up in the most intriguing places.
Showing the pig to the audience and bidders.
I loved the expressiveness of this guy's face.