Thursday, September 03, 2009

State Fair "Oddities"

At the risk of offending some viewers with greater sensitivity than I, I decided to post these photos because they demonstate an important aspect of the Minnesota State Fair: livestock competition!


In order to present their animals in the best way possible, some interesting steps are taken. In the small photo it's difficult to see the process, but the man is shaving the cow's udder. Only he, the other contestants, and the judges will understand why. The reason escapes me! The large photo shows a responsible owner making sure that the area of competition is kept clean (notice the pan he's holding and the content?) plus he needs to keep his animal in tip-top shape for the judging. The reason for this action does not escape me!

The two little girls we took to the Fair, ages 7 & 8, were very respectful, did not giggle, but were fascinated with the whole process. More photos in the next few days. Stay tuned!

13 comments:

  1. I do not envy this man his job. But I do admire his dedication! I hope he gets something out of the experience besides a bucket of poo!

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  2. That is a bit weird. Never seen that before.

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  3. I'll finish after the last in every such competition!

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  4. Well, that certainly is an eye-catching photo. I have a photo somewhere of my daughter, age four at the time, staring right into a sheep's behind at a State Fair. The sheep was fluffy white and super clean...all of it.

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  5. They wash the teats too and come all the hair and shine the hooves. It is a process.

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  6. The girls did well not to giggle, I would have been laughing like a good 'un!

    These are the strangest photos I think I have seen in the CDP community in a long time!

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  7. I never knew so much went into the competitions. Thanks for enlightening me.

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  8. O My we get to see all things on here. Well done on reaching your third anniversary. I'm not sure how many of us there are but quite a few.

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  9. I didnt know they had to do all of this. Our State Fair opens later this month. I will have to check the livestock barns.

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  10. My mouth is open but my nose is closed.

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  11. i would have to clip a clothe peg on my nose to do that job!

    i hope he did win something. ;-)

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  12. My father-in-law (one of the first Charolais breeders in Germany and still referred to in revered tones) ALWAYS had a can of hairspray at hand to pimp his exhibits.

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