Jacquelynne Steves

Visit to the County Fair

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

15 Comments

  • Darlene
    Posted August 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Have a GREAT time with the daughter u miss soooooooo much. Catching up on life.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2015 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      Oh we are! Had a great lunch/shopping date the other day :)

  • Posted August 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I have always loved going to the fair and looking at everything! The only thing that bothers me is that they keep charging outrageous prices to get in and then it costs extra extra for quite a few events. I enjoyed all of your pictures and comments. Have a great time with your daughter!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2015 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      Our fair only charges $5 for parking, which is good for the whole week! And all of the exhibits are included. But of course, you can spend $100 on food, pony rides, and crafts at the vendor booths, lol.

  • Robin in Virginia
    Posted August 14, 2015 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I really enjoyed reading (and seeing the pictures) about your adventure to the county fair. And I had to chuckle about the farmersonly.com jingle. Now, it is playing in my head!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2015 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      Ha ha! Sorry about that it. It’s pretty catchy :)

  • CarolK
    Posted August 14, 2015 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    We have the 4-H Fair in Ringoes, NJ come up shortly. We used to love it when it was in Flemington with all the exhibits and the race track (all gone and replaced by big box stores). We can get in for free on Sr. Day otherwise its $10 a car load per day. There’s a midway, animals and exhibits but the heat of the day and dust is what get to me but the kids love it.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      We go in the evening- that’s when most people go. The people with animals and exhibits have to stay all day (in fact, those with animals camp there the whole time- yuck!!!)

  • ColleenM
    Posted August 14, 2015 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I love the pink tractor and I know my husband would LOVE the Allis Chalmers next to it. We live in the city but he was raised on the farm. A few years back he wanted to get a “small” tractor for plowing snow and the neighbors back home had one for sale. I figured a small tractor was like a riding lawn mower…I was wr-wr-wr-wr (as Fonzie would say). OH well it wasn’t expensive and it means I don’t have to shovel snow:)

    Thanks for sharing your adventures!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 14, 2015 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      Not having to shovel snow is a very good thing!

  • Judy
    Posted August 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love a good fair. I grew up on a dairy farm and I was in the 4-h club and would spend a week at the fair showing my cow. I still have the ribbons I won. We were going to go to our local fair this year but unfortunately during that time we were having 100 plus weather so it is going to have to wait until next year.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 17, 2015 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I agree that is much too hot!!! Hope you get to go next year!

  • Heather
    Posted August 16, 2015 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    I loved looking at all your Fair things and your new Scrappy, we have a Show in Australia where I live, I guess itis the same as your Fair,I love your Blog, well done :)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Heather! Yes I imagine our fair is similar to your shows. It’s always a fun time for the community :)

  • Cathy
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Love your blog! I have fond memories of that country fair, even rode my horse in it eons ago. There was a farm on Woodstown-Salem road that had a field full of goats, and I so enjoyed all the baby kids as they frolicked about. Wonder if it’s still there. Thanks for the sweet memories, and your lovely quilt patterns.

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