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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Meet Me at the Fair - The Isle of Wight County Fair

~we are lucky to live only ten minutes from the fairgrounds~

This past weekend was the annual Isle of Wight County Fair.  We always love to go and walk around the fairgrounds, eat fair food, look at the baked goods and crafts and watch the animal judging.    It was a gorgeous sunny fall day on Saturday, so we decided to pay a visit to the fairgrounds.



~New Holland blue tractors are my favorites~







As we parked and started walking towards the tents, we could already feel the excitement building, hear roosters crowing and smell all the fried food.  But nothing screams 'country fair' louder than a row of tractors!








~4-H goat judging~

We live in the heart of southeastern Virginia farm country, so 4-H is alive and well and it's refreshing to see a new generation so passionate about raising animals. 











~a future goat keeper maybe?~



Of course the goats were loving all the attention from kids and adults alike while they were waiting to be judged.











~honestly the goats act more like dogs than livestock~

We spent the longest time in the goat tent. They are just SO darned cute and they love attention.

Although from what I have heard about goats, they are a lot more fun when they are someone else's because they will eat everything in sight, escape from where ever you try and contain them and do always want attention.


~what a cutie!~




I have to admit that the miniature (or baby?) cows were really cute too. Their eyes are just SO expressive.













~young love~
Not all the 'kids' were interested in the animals, but I'm sure these two will still leave with some fond memories of the fair!
















~someone was busy this summer~

We left the livestock tents and visited the craft tent which was chock full of knit and crocheted items, candles, soap, honey, baked goods, canned goods and a host of other country items.












~such an eye-appealing display~
The judging had already been done on the jams, jellies, preserves and other canned goods.  Since I have just in the past week taken a stab at trying canning preserves, I can fully appreciate the work that goes into this.












~I would have loved to take one of these beauties home~
The quilt competition is always one of my favorites.  There were so many beautiful entries as usual, so the judges' had their work cut out for them.  

After making our way through the crafts, we went back outside to work our way past the various vendors selling food.

~fried Oreos ? No thank you!~



Although the funnel cakes smelled good, as did the pulled pork BBQ, we passed on the food and settled on just splitting a cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade. 

Although I do love fried green tomatoes, the fried Oreos, Rice Crispies and Twinkies really weren't all that appealing!



~what a gorgeous guy this is!~



Finally it was time for my favorite part - the poultry tent.  We had been listening to the roosters crowing for the better part of the afternoon anyway, so there was no mistaking where they were.

I know I enjoyed walking the rows of rooster cages more than my husband, but even he admitted that some of the roosters were mighty impressive.

~this was a local 4-H clubs' selection of hens~


~I couldn't resist getting a closer look at the ducks~






In addition to the roosters (and every breed from the tiny Serama to the huge Jersey Giant and everything in between was represented), there were hens, turkeys, geese, and ducks.

The fair organizers had done a great job of decorating the rows of cages with bales of straw, pumpkins, gourds and mums.











Of course I loved looking at all the ducks also.  I was really interested in these two gorgeous brown ducks with dark gray heads but they were already sold.
















Eventually we arrived at the final exhibition - the Grand Champion of the entire fair.  To my sheer delight it was a rooster! This gorgeous white cochin won the purple ribbon.

My first thought after admiring him was to wonder how his owners keep him that clean and white. He was absolutely gorgeous and looked to be reveling in his victory!
~the Grand Champion, a white cochin rooster~



We had a wonderful time at the fair, as always.  It's so great to feel a part of the local farming community.  We make it a point to go each year to the local fair and sometimes make it up to Richmond for the State Fair also.

This fall check to see if there is a country fair near you. Even many urban areas are starting to hold their own fairs to give city and suburban kids a chance to experience at least an afternoon of the 'country life'.

If you can't find a local fair, visit Local Hens online. You can type in your zip code to find local farms and their contact information. Some might let you come and take a 'farm field trip' and let your kids see the chickens and other animals they raise, as well as purchase eggs and other fresh local products.  And now for the giveaway!

Congratulations to JAIME HEILMAN for winning the
BEST OF SHOW SHAMPOO KIT GIVEAWAY 
sponsored by The Egg Carton Store


The Best of Show kit contains an array of products that will allow your birds to show at their very best, producing Grand Champion chickens and turkeys in A.P.A., A.B.A and State Fair competitions and 4-H Poultry Shows. 

Included in a convenient carrying case is:
“Poultry Protector (4 oz.) – Step 1
“Shampoo” (4 oz.) – Step 2
“Vinegar” (8 oz.) – Step 3
“Glycerin” (4 oz.) – Step 4
Comb Reddening (2.5 oz.)
Step-by-step Instructions and Tips Guide



Product Review: The Egg Carton Store sent me a bottle of the shampoo to try.  I don't generally bathe my hens, but the mud in the run has been awful lately and my feathered-footed hens - the cochins, marans and faverolles - are having a hard time keeping their feet clean. I didn't subject any of them to a full bath but I did wash some feet  and they didn't seem to mind at all.  The shampoo did a really nice job at getting their feet clean.  Now if they would only STAY that way!


59 comments:

  1. I miss the Isle of Wight fair from my years of living in Newport News. What a great post and pics from your outing!
    I have met all contest requirements and my closest farm registered with Local Hens is BAWKANQUACK FARM
    Berryville, VA (33 miles)
    We are a small hobby farm located Berryville.We have 5 chickens and 4 ducks. The chickies and duckies are loved very much! …

    Thank you for this giveaway

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    1. It's a nice fair. Sorry you can't attend any more! We really enjoy it each year.

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  2. Well, since I've previously "Liked" all 4, I guess I'm IN! And the closest farm to me that sells eggs? Uh, that would be ME! LOL (Eagle Hollow Farm -13856)We have The Delaware County Fair up here in Walton New York. I go EVERY SINGLE DAY. I cant get enough. Especially the poultry barn <3

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    1. Well I guess you don't have to travel far for your eggs!

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  3. Wonderful pictures! We just finished our county fair and is always a blast. I could visit every day. The closest farm registered is Freedom Farm in Maiden, NC 41 miles away! We just have a few hens and will be adding rabbits soon! But dream every day of having a larger place to have more animals.

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  4. Did them all. :o)
    The closest farm to us is The Last Place on Earth, 54 miles away. Their 'website' doesn't seem to work right though. :o(

    I like that The Egg Carton Store has DE in multiple sizes.

    Have a great week, Lisa!

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  5. I'm in!!! Thanks for the info...Didn't make it to our fair this year! Glad you had a great day!

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  6. Closest farm to me on Local Hens is Miranda's Local Yolks, which is my little farm. :) Love your pictures, and I loved those brown ducks!! We are getting a pair of buff ducks, and hatching out some chocolate guineas, I am addicted to birds lol.

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  7. I've already 'liked' all the facebook pages. The closest farm to me is called "Limestone Flats" in Eskridge, KS. I'd never seen the local hens page so thanks for that resource!

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  8. Closest to me is about 100 miles, but I live near Boston so not surprised. I would love to win tho. Joew@yahoo.com

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  9. Closest to me is Monastiri Arabians. I love your facebook page and I buy my cartons from The Egg Carton Store already. Monica bluedevil23@yahoo.com

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  10. The closest farm to mine is my own, JEJ FARMS :)

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  11. There are several farms within 100 miles of me! I'm sooo very lucky!

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  12. I'm surprised that the closest farm on Local Hens is 67 miles away! I'm glad I don't have to go that far for local eggs & meat. The farm recommended is S&K Whitamorn Farm.

    I had been wondering about what to use to shampoo my silkies.

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  13. Like them all. The closest place to me is The Last Place on Earth. Lol. Stared in 1996, they specialize in buff orphington's and welsummers, along with cattle. They are about 196 milies from me in Iota, La. I am located in Hammond.

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    1. My name is Julie Ellzey

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  14. Renaissance Farms, Saulsbury, TN

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  15. Closest farm is Pocopaca ;)
    Pocono's Alpaca farm with lots of hens, too!

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  16. Close to me was Jangim Poultry Harrison TN thanks for my entry love my chick (Kerry Chastain) ;)

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  17. I was already your fan, now I'm a fan of The Egg Carton Store, I went found the farm closest to me (besides myself lol) but I couldn't find anywhere to leave a comment :( I also was very happy to go to The Egg Carton store, my kids are saving for an incubator and they have a good, inexpensive model! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. An incubator would make a nice Christmas gift for them!

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  18. Wow I forgot about signing up on Local Hens for my Chicken Well Eggs! Thanks for the reminder! Otherwise closest place to me is Sjerven Farms (149miles)

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    1. My email is LexyLVT@yahoo.com. Thank you!

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  19. The closest place to me is Creamy Creek Naturals which is roughly 10 miles from me. I will have to come back to The Egg Carton Store for Christmas presents for my girls. :)

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    1. The link to The Egg Carton Store is on the left sidebar of our blog, so be sure and bookmark it for the holidays!

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  20. Already liked all and my local farm is not as far as I thought Santa Family Farm in Ramona Ca 24 Miles from me. Im going to have to check them out. Brenda Davalos b_davalos@sbcglobal.net

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  21. I have completed all tasks. The closest farm to me is Winters Hill Top Farm-51 miles. I also added my farm to the site.

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  22. I have completed all the tasks. the nearest farm to me is Solsike Farms LLC.

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  23. I need chickies shampoo because they r dusty no rain here I have done everything u asked

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  24. Wow, the closest farm to me is Colton's Cluckers in Owensville, MO- a whopping 134 miles away! I would have thought there would be some closer with how rural my area is. I've done all the other requirements also.
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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  25. This is the best prize ive seen so far. We are always trying to find better ways to clean our chickens and get them ready for the show.
    The closest farm to me is CHICKEN COOP FOR THE SOUL FARM!

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    1. Congratulations Jaime....you have won yourself the Best of Show Shampoo Kit!

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  26. Debbie D. (debdever@yahoo.com)

    I like both the pages. I checked out the "Local Hens" and the closet one is 153 miles away. :-(

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  27. Both pages liked. Tollison Family Farms in Greenville SC is closest at 28 miles. Hope to win! The Egg Carton store has great products!

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  29. Closest place is El Pollo Loco in Dundee MI :)
    I've visited this site before, seems like there should be more in my area with all the farmers around!
    Amanda Carpenter
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/ilovebaldkitties

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  30. The closest registered is 226 miles away in Las Vegas, NV. I agree with the post above. Very surprised there is not one registered that is closer.

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  31. The closest registered is The Last Place on Earth in Iota, LA.

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  32. The closest farm is Secluded Farms in Kenard , Ne. That is over 25 miles or more away. So I started the registration process. Thank you

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  33. Silverwood Farms in Newberry Florida is the closest farm--111 miles away. We are in Wakulla County Florida. Sue F.

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  35. Gilbert Chicks Fresh Eggs is showing as 16 miles away.... but I think this is a home not a farm, because only an email was given, no address.
    So if I go 68 miles away Lauer Family Farms looks like a real farm with an address and prices of their eggs.

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  38. Closest farm is R & R Chickens (19miles)
    sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

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  39. I love the Wire Egg Basket that the egg carton store sells
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  40. closest to me is

    Lagniappe Farm Alpacas somerset va

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  41. The closest farm is Freedom Farm, 61 miles away :/ Too bad, they seem really interesting. I am also thinking of ordering one of the Egg Carton Stores Egg Scale.
    jvseventeen@gmail.com

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  42. I love the fair and looking at the animals. The bad thing about it is the food is my favorite part. Thanks so much for sharing on "I Gotta Try That"
    Marcie

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  43. Thanks for helping me broaden our horizons. Great links and I did LIKE them!

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  44. Razzle Dazzle Farm was closest to me, though Carter's Legacy (who I have met) was almost as close. I was surprised no Florida farms were closer!

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    1. We are familiar with Carters Legacy Farm - nice people.

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  45. What a wonderful fair! We have plans to go to our local fair (though not our town) next week. My husband takes a day off from work so we don't have to deal with all the crowds on the weekends. Of course with our little one right now the biggest thing that interests her are the rides and the animals. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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