I love the county fair and I look forward to it every year… I love the animals and the displays… and the food, ha ha. You may be surprised to find out that I live in New Jersey- and we have a wonderful county fair (and we even have a real rodeo!) I am really lucky that I live in a quiet rural area where agriculture is the main industry, but still only 40 minutes from center city Philadelphia– best of both worlds!! And don’t forget that NJ is called The Garden State for a reason- please don’t think we are all Jersey Shore and Real Housewives!!! (That cracks me up anyway- I think they should do a show called REAL Real Housewives, and come over and film me in my yoga pants and tshirt, doing laundry and schlepping to the grocery store. But I digress…)

A funny note- while I am writing this, I simply CANNOT get the FarmersOnly.com theme song out of my head!! (In case you don’t know what that is- we have tv commercials here for an online dating site for “country folks”- “You don’t have to be lonely… at FarmersOnly.com!!”

First things first- dinner. Macaroni and cheese for me, hubby had bbq pork. (Ice cream cones may or may not have been consumed afterwards...)

First things first- dinner. Macaroni and cheese for me, hubby had bbq pork. (Ice cream cones may or may not have been consumed afterwards…)

 

County Fair- goat- JSteves

I always love the goats, because I love their sweet temperament. (Maybe not all goats are sweet, but the ones that I meet always seem to be!)

County Fair- goat 2- JSteves County Fair- goat 3-JSteves

 

Love the sweet dairy cows, too.

Love the sweet dairy cows, too.

 

Pen full of piglets.

Pen full of piglets.

 

Something that our fair has added in the last couple of years is the poultry barn. So many "fancy" chickens, plus ducks and an incubator where you can watch the eggs hatching. I had chickens when I was growing up, so this really brings back memories for me! I am trying to convince my husband that we should get some chickens- fresh eggs every day!

Something that our fair has added in the last couple of years is the poultry barn. So many “fancy” chickens, plus ducks and an incubator where you can watch the eggs hatching. I had chickens when I was growing up, so this really brings back memories for me! I am trying to convince my husband that we should get some chickens- fresh eggs every day!

 

County Fair- tomatoes- JSteves

The home-ec barn features produce for judging, as well as pickled and baked goods, artwork, photography, and quilts. I didn’t take photos of the quilts, because they are all covered in clear plastic- and taking photos of plastic just doesn’t work very well :(

 

County Fair- blacksmith- JSteves

Blacksmith demonstration

 

County Fair- 1937 Farmall- JSteves

Believe it or not, I really enjoy looking at the vintage farm equipment! It reminds me of days gone by… this is a 1937 FarmAll tractor. Isn’t she pretty?

 

What country girl wouldn't want her own pink John Deere tractor?!

What country girl wouldn’t want her own pink John Deere tractor?!

 

Cool vintage farm truck.

Cool vintage farm truck.

We live just about 2 miles from the fair grounds, so after we got home, we were able to watch the fireworks from our back porch! No photos of that- but they were really good. Alfie alerted us to the fireworks first, he started barking and ran to the back door. He was scared of the noise at first, but then he calmed down and was just fine. We call him “Alfie the Brave.”

Alfie

Hope you have a great weekend. Daughter comes home from Texas tomorrow! Squeeeeeeeeeaaal!! So excited…

HaveAFunFurryDay-Alfie

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