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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Puyallup Fair 2013 Here We Come ! ( And there we were )

 Our home away from home  as 2 of my grandchildren and I headed off for the Puyallup Fair. We would be spending 5 nights in this travel trailer ( I love this little trailer ! ) and 6 days at the fair. From early morning to late at night 2 of my grandchildren & I enjoyed the privilege and the work of exhibiting my Jacob sheep. This has become a precious September tradition for me and my oldest grandson, and hopefully one of my granddaughters too.
 Here is a picture of my exhibit from the view the passing public would at first see. My oldest grandson and one of my younger granddaughters are sitting at my table exhibit, willing to talk to the public, answer their questions, and be friendly & hospitable. They both surpassed my expectations . They were very friendly, my grandson was able to answer the questions asked of him, my granddaughter smiled, was friendly, helpful, and very diligent in her job of keeping the exhibit well swept and clean.
 Both of my grandchildren were able to help me re-enforce the reminder that my ram , Goth, was dangerous. He was there on display, but he is a ram, and therefore not to be touched or played with. ( You MUST respect the ram ! )

 All I can say here , without breaking into thankful tears, is that my grandchildren are a blessing beyond my ability to express. I am so thankful God has blessed my husband & I with these grandchildren. As a granny who loves her sheep too, I am even more thankful for grandchildren who also love animals, love their family, and are hard workers ! These two grandchildren made my time at the fair even more a pleasure because they were such willing hard workers. And they make me laugh & smile.
 Little Miss 'M' was able to hang out with the baby Watusi calf in the exhibit across from me. How cute is that calf ? This exhibit also has zebras , zedonks ( cross between a zebra & a donkey), and yaks. Doesn't this just make you know you need a Watusi ?
 Meanwhile, back here at our place at the fair, Goth is resting with his red rubber ball,
 his daughters are waiting for soda crackers from me,
 while two exhausted grandchildren take much needed naps in the back of my exhibit. Both children & I were up before 7:00 a.m. , got all pens cleaned before 9:00 a.m. and were there until the doors of the barn closed at 11:00 p.m. two nights in a row, then the same except the barn closed at 10:00 p.m. the remaining 3 nights. Long hours for young people, and my grandchildren held up well.
 Little Miss 'M' is a hard worker...
 ...as is her oldest brother, my oldest grandson Bugs.
So here is my work crew for my exhibit at the Puyallup Fair 2013 in the Animals Of The World barn . This is the morning clean-up before the gates of the fair open. They helped pitch out the dirty pens and make them clean, sweep the aisles for the public, disinfect the railings, keep litter picked up, the sheep well- fed, well- cleaned, answer the public's questions, and were friendly and hospitable. I count myself as blessed beyond measure for these grandchildren God has given my husband & I and I hope to have many more years with them at this fair !


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great post, full of hard work, love and fun. Great photos too.


Debbie said...

What a good kind of tired. I wish every year I could visit you at the fair. Quite a drive for me! You must be relieved to get some rest after your wonderful experience. I think Goth enjoys the attention. Where on earth did those homeschooled grandchildren get all that socialization! HAHA! :D

Ang Specht said...

Looks like a great time with great memories! :)

June said...

Beautiful young people like your grandchildren are our hope for a better future for the planet! You are so blessed!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh you are truly blessed to have beautiful wonderful hardworking Grandchildren to spend time together doing things you love together. They are truly blessed to have a wonderful loving Grandmother who cares so much about them to show them the value of work and play and family. Our futures are in good hands with children like that. Hugs B

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

What a special time, Kathy. So glad that they were able to come with you and that they were hard workers. What memories that you are making together.

My grandson Casey came to work with me for a week this summer and it was wonderful to have him there with me. He even helped me to see the good parts about my job that I was overlooking.


Kathy M.

Connie said...

The fair must be a lot of work, but also a great deal of fun, I would think. Your grandchildren are indeed blessings to you. You are fortunate that you can share this time with them, and they are fortunate to share it with you too! :-)

Pondside said...

Another September, and I have missed the Puyallup Fair. Once again, I am saying 'maybe next year'. I'd love to have seen your exhibit and all the others that sound so interesting from the news casts and radio interviews. No wonder you are proud of your grandchildren. They are so very responsible and caring - you are blessed!

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Kathy, I was at the Puyallup fair one year, but that was maybe ten years ago now. It seems like you had a big success there and very lucky that you got to take your grandchildren. Your Goth looks pretty scary to me; I don't think I'd need a reminder that he is trouble. :) Hope you have a lovely and relaxing rest of the week after the fair.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It looks like you have found the perfect assistants.