Some Good Clean Fun…

Don’t even ask if your not from the country, you wouldn’t understand!

Tori's team lining up...
Tori’s team lining up…

 

The object of this match...
The object of this match…

There were at least a dozen teams participating in today’s hog wrestling competition.  Four team members are timed on how fast they can catch the slippery little pig covered in wet bentonite and place him butt first into the barrel in the middle of the ring.  It was way too fun watching all these guys slip and slide throughthe mud to try to catch the pig!

chasing him...

 

Caught him...

 

team work...

 

Into the barrel...

hands up...

 

Tori's Team
Tori’s Team

Tori’s team put the pig into the barrel in about 11 seconds!

Getting hosed off...
Getting hosed off…

 

Cold water...
Cold water…

 

These poor kids had to keep scrubbing and scrubbing to get all the bentonite off their clothes, faces and arms.  It so incredibly sticky(and slick)!  Some of the kids were completely covered in it from head to foot and literally looked like they had been slimed!

 

Sawyer's team, can you read their name?
Sawyer’s team, can you read their name?

 

Pigalicious!

 

Trying to get ahold of the pig...

 

Don't let go!

 

Into the barrel...

 

In!

 Sawyer’s team completed in just over 15 seconds.  Do you suppose Sawyer will EVER live down that Tori beat him?  Not only did Tori’s team beat Sawyer’s but they won the entire Junior Class! 

The 4-H group also held their annual awards ceremony and for fiber Sawyer and Tori won two separate trophies.

One for most imformative poster...
One for most informative poster…

 

And another for cleanest pen...
And another for cleanest pen…
And look who we seen in the parade riding around in a real cool car…
Too cool!
A closer look

A closer look

Hog Shows, Bomb Threats and a Mess of Confusion…

Once the steer show was finished we arrived home after 10pm, ate supper, got everything ready for the next morning, tucked everyone into bed, talked to an excited Sawyer and finally fell into bed ourselves, it was way past midnight.  Thankfully, Mark ended up taking the older kids back into the fairgrounds by 6:30 am to do another full day of showing hogs while I stayed home and let the very tired little boys get a little extra sleep.  I started thinking that maybe I got the better end of that deal until I had to get the very tired little boys up, dressed, fed and out the door!  By this time I knew it was going to be a very.long.day.!  I apologise to anyone around us these last couple of days, as I am pretty sure that as one little boy would quit crying another would start due to no naps, no shedule, and  very little sleep combined with very long days.  However, we did make it to the hog show to watch Maddie show Sizzle.  She too did a very good job pushing, leading and showing her pig.

Maddie and Sizzle...

Maddie and Sizzle...

 

Showing

 

Sizzle was sort of a naughty little piggy for showmanship and was more interested in fighting with the other pigs!  Maddie still received a blue for her efforts and calm demeanor and was very happy with that.  Then we waited for the market class.  Maddie’s was in the second market class which had just came out and the kids were busy showing their pigs when a sheriff walked up to the announcers stand and asked for everyone’s attention. 

At first I thought maybe they found a lost kid or maybe someone was lost, but…he ended up asking everyone in the barn to calmly stand up and leave the area as they had found a breifcase laying in a suspicious spot and they were considering it a bomb threat!  Oh my!  Now trying to find all 7 kids!

Thankfully Maddie was showing and the majority of the kids were sitting around the arena watching their sister.  I yelled at Mark that I had the little kids and that he needed to grab Maddie out from behind the fencing surrounding the show ring and that we would meet up outside.  Sawyer was not with us, but at a very mature 16, I was not really too concerned at that point about where Sawyer was and knew he would be sensible.  As we headed out the door though I noticed Garrett was not with us.   Panic!  I handed a sleeping Zayne off to Tori and told her to take the rest of the kids with my mom and Mark’s dad to a safe area and that I was going to go find Garrett.  We had a couple of “friends” sitting with us that decided that right then would be a good time for them to get going and came up to tell me good bye.  I said that was great but that Garrett was missing and I would really appreciate their help in finding him.  They told me that they were sure he had to be out there somewhere.and.left.!  What?????  Who leaves in a mass of confusion when a 7 year old kid is missing?  (I am generally pretty laid back but this I just don’t understand.)

At this point I still had not met up with Mark and decided to go back into the building to look for Garrett.  The whole time I am thinking  this can not be for real and then immediately thought but that’s what everyone thinks before something bad happens?  Right?  So as everyone was pouring out of the building I was trying to get back in.  Thankfully everyone stayed calm and collected.  When I got inside, the building was pretty empty and I was told I needed to get out, so back out I went.  At this point I was more worried about the possibility of someone snatching him-which is always one of my big fears at busy crowded spots like that anyway.  You parents out there know what I am talking about and know that feeling in the pit of your stomach if you have ever lost one of your children.  A minute feels like hours.  I walked back and forth through the crowd calling his name and finally found him!  He said when he heard that there was a bomb in the building he just ran out as fast as he could.  Poor kid can you imagine what he was thinking the whole time?

Comotion...

Comotion...

After that we all met back up and still had not seen Sawyer and decided to go find him-at this point momma bird was wanting all the chicks back in the nest! ;0)  IYKWIM?  So Mark and I walked all around the building, which is not small, asking all of his friends if they had seen him.  No such luck.  What in the world?    We knew he would probably guess something was up if he walked back to an empty barn and were not too worried about him being in the building.  So after going all the way around the building and not finding Sawyer and checking on the other kids I went to where all the food stands were and found him with a big ole burger.  He didn’t even know what was going on!

Once they deemed the briefcase safe (it only had a fairbook in it)  Maddie was able to finish up her market class.  At this point I was juggling a cranky Zayne boy and Mark was dealing with a cranky Teigen  we and we were not able to devote even part of our attention on Maddie.  After I kinda had Zayne settled I looked out in the ring and could only see Sizzle with no Maddie.  “Where in the world did she go?”  I pointed Sizzle out to Mark and asked him, then the judge started calling her number, 95?  95?  95?  “Where is she?”  I think I was about ready to have a nervous breakdown!  I looked up at my mom when she yelled at me and she pointed toward a corner with a whole bunch of pigs in it and yelled and said she was on the ground.  Mark dropped Teigen and we both ran over there.  Poor Maddie was standing there bawling and one of the ring helpers was talking to her.  He sort of turned her around and pointed out her pig to her and she hobbled over and finished the class.  One of the other ring helpers told me she ended up getting stuck between three pigs fighting and the fence, was then knocked down and was trampled up on.   She ended up with a big purple bruise on her hip and was pretty scratched up down her leg.  She ended up receiving a blue ribbon, which at that point she didn’t even care about!  Earlier she had been giving some thought to maybe doing a lamb next year, I think this event helped settle that decision!  Today she is still pretty sore but she’s such a trooper and did such a good job yesterday even with all the comotion!

 

Moving Sizzle...

Moving Sizzle...

 

Showing Sizzle...

Showing Sizzle...

Today we are all wore out physically and I am wore out emotionally as well,  I think we are all glad that fair is about done for the year!  Especiallly me!  I am so proud of how well my kids did and how they handled themselves.  I thought it was really neat that the judge commented aloud how he appreciated how calm  and relaxed of showmen the kids were.  Today we have a bunch of laundry to get caught up in and need to get ready for Family Camp this weekend, which ought to be a wonderful time of fellowship.  Just what is needed after this long, drawn out week.  Sawyer and Tori are also going to be on separate pig wrestling teams tomorrow, which ought to be lots of fun for the kids to participate in as well as watch.

Steer Show…

After the lamb show was finished up we were able to go home for a couple of hours and catch a much needed nap and then we were back to the fairgrounds before 5pm to watch Sawyer and Royal in the steer show.  Sawyer worked so hard this year and we all spent many-an-hour worrying over this critter, from whether or not he would make weight to how wild he was going to be at the show.   They both did so well!

 

Sawyer before the show watching the Senior group go...

Sawyer before the show watching the Senior group go...

 

Finally, in the ring...

Finally, in the ring...

I'm not sure who was more nervous at this point?

I'm not sure who was more nervous at this point?

Sawyer...
Talking to the judge...

Talking to the judge...

Lining up...

Lining up...

The market class...

The market class...

Awiting the judge's decision...

Awaiting the judge's decision...

All finished up and talking to Papa...

All finished up and talking to Papa...

 

Wow!  This was such a great experience for Sawyer!   Showing an animal is so dependant upon that animal that it can really make things interesting for the show-person.  If the animal is having an off night due to being in a strange place with lots of different/loud noises, different tasting water that they don’t like, lots of different people, different schedules, being around new animals, etc it can really be a challenge.  However, Royal worked so well with Sawyer Tuesday night and for showmanship Sawyer and Royal were called back to the finals which completely surprised Sawyer.  He said he never dreamed of being called back.   The judge complemented Sawyer on how well fitted and cleaned Royal was, on on how knowledgeable Sawyer was and how much he appreciated Sawyer’s calm demeanor.  In showmanship they only awarded grand and reserve, which he did not win but placed in the top 6 and Sawyer was very pleased with that!  For market Sawyer was also called back for the final rounds and placed 9th  out of the 34 steers there and received a purple ribbon for being one of the top 12!  He did so good and worked extremely hard.  We are so proud of him! He too is hooked on showing and is looking forward to next year.

Lamb Show…

Tuesday morning Tori and Romeo went into the show ring…

All lined up...

All lined up...

 

Nervous dad...   ;0)

Nervous dad... ;0)

 

Talking to the judge...

Talking to the judge...

 

 

All set up....

All set up....

 

 

Tori showing

 

A big smile from the ring...

A big smile from the ring...

All done!

All done!

Tori did so well for her first year of showing sheep.  We are so proud of her!  She and Romeo received a blue for showmanship and she learned so much through the whole experience.  They also won a blue for market.  I think she is hooked on showing lambs and will do so again next year.  She said her favorite part was getting Romeo all ready for show, the shearing and washing and primping him all up.  She even had a lot of fun showing him.

Getting Ready…

Today we spent the day getting ready.  It’s the day where you hurry up and wait.  This was Zayne before lunch today…

Tired and cranky little boys...

Tired and cranky little boys...

Other than tired kids though the day went pretty well.  They started with lamb weigh-ins  at 8 am, moved to hogs and finished with steers at sometime past 5 pm.   Maddie’s pig weighed in at 240 and had a loin of 7.72 square inches!  Tori’s lamb weighed in at 129lbs. and Sawyer’s steer was 1149lbs. In between the kids cleaned pens, fed animals and had some fun.  They also groomed their animals and Tori and Sawyer each had to learn how to get their animals ready for the show tomorrow.
Maddie's pig being weighed in...

Maddie's pig being weighed in...

Scrubbing her pig...

Scrubbing her pig...

Tori washing her lamb...

Tori washing her lamb...

Hanging out with her lamb...

Hanging out with her lamb...

Slick shearing....

Slick shearing....

Sawyer waiting his turn at the scale...

Sawyer waiting his turn at the scale...

Sawyer's friend showing him how to fit his steer...

Sawyer's friend showing him how to fit his steer...

Pretty serious business above! ;0)
A little shave...

A little shave...

Tori and Romeo

Tori and Romeo

All ready to go tomorrow…
Royal all ready!

Royal all ready!

Well everyone is very tired tonight and a little nervous/anxious for tomorrow!
We’ll be there bright and early!

Get Ready, Get Set…

We woke up to sheep baaing this morning and looked out the window to see a small group of renegade sheep looking for greener grass.  They needed to be moved last night but we had a steady stream of rain pouring down on us, so it was held off until this morning.  It still looked to be about ready to rain at any minute  but has held off for the most part.  A quick peek at the rain gauge indicates we received an additional 1/2 ” of rain and everything looks so green.  It feels and looks so different from previous summers with their sweltering heat and brown grasses that would be out by now. 

The kids are putting  finishing touches on their fleeces this morning and will be ready to go this afternoon.  Their starting to get a bit butterfly-ish in the stomach now!  But they are eagerly awaiting competition and anxiously waiting to get caught  up with old friends during the lulls.  Sawyer and a couple of his friends are getting excited for the pig wrestling!  They were able to do this last year and had a ball and I must say it was too funny to watch!  It ought to be too much fun.

 

The view at the top of the hill

 

Brindle...

 

The mountains

 

Kolfinna, Breve, Ragna

Kolfinna, Breve, Ragna

 

 grass

 

 

Rainbow

Rainbow

 

Eagles dancing...

Eagles dancing...

 

Hope you all have a good weekend!

 

Precipitation- 1/2 inch

Getting Closer…

To Fair Time!
Tori and Romeo...

Tori and Romeo...

 

Romeo has been quite a challenge for Tori and it should be interesting to see how well they do together in showmanship.

Romeo being a bit stubborn...

Romeo being a bit stubborn...

She has pretty high hopes for him in the market portion of the contest as he is at his “ideal” weight and is looking pretty good!

 

What do you suppose she's thinking?

What do you suppose she's thinking?

On Sunday Uncle Jason is going to help her get Romeo all shorn up for fair and Monday is weigh-in for all the all the fair animals.  It will be here before we know it!

New and Improved…

Do you remember this?….
Royal's Rampage...
Royal’s Rampage…
After much work and a different halter Royal is a different creature….
He walks like a poodle on a string...sort of!

He walks like a poodle on a string...sort of!

 ~*~

He needs to work a bit more on setting him up...

He needs to work a bit more on setting him up...

 

The fair is still three weeks away which should give him plenty of time to finish working on Royal.
Notice the smile?...

Notice the smile?...

 

 On Sunday Sawyer took him to the fair grounds to have his hooves trimmed and to get him weighed.  He weighed in at 1115 lbs so he will definitely make weight, which is a huge relief to all of us. :0)  Sawyer is now actually looking forward to fair!

Uh-Oh…

Sawyer’s steer Royal decided he doesn’t like sheep, at all…
Royal's Rampage...

Royal's Rampage...

He went on a bit of a rampage today…

Royal chasing the sheep...

Royal chasing the sheep...

Maybe we need to use Royal next time we round up sheep…

Finally caught and being lead properly...

Finally caught and being lead properly...

He lead real nice after this!
~*~
And since this post is about Sawyer here’s a sunset picture he captured last night…
Sawyer's Sunset