Cindy P came over on Thursday and invited us to join them for a dinner out. What a lovely break in the action that was. Her mother, who has been a friend of mine for more years than I care to remember, even joined us. That event was even more special in light of her recent poor health.
Yesterday Dave suggested we take the day off and go to the Erie County Fair. We used to go every year when we were young lived nearby (the Fair is held in Hamburg, New York, south of Buffalo). Plenty of courting took place at the Erie County Fair! It was a nice, albeit cool, day and the Fair sounded like a wonderful way to while away some time, so off we went. Dave chose a scenic, back roads route which added to the adventure of the day. This really is a beautiful part of the country.
The Erie County Fair (or Hamburg Fair as we used to call it) is a pretty big fair, but smaller and much more manageable than the huge New York State Fair held in the next few weeks. We always enjoy walking through the animal barns, checking out what the little 4H'er's have created, watch a few amateur horse shows, walk around the tractor displays, smell and comment on the displays of award winning hays/forages and eat lots of very good, but very bad food. You'll see no pictures of the midway here. We don't go to the fair for the rides or the Carny's banter. Its too loud and too busy for us, we much prefer the animals....
|Dave got a few new grooming ideas from this guy - watch out Lewis!|
|this girl is a Lineback - an heirloom breed|
|these little ones take their jobs seriously|
|Oh no you don't, I just cleaned this stall!|
|little boys and their toys.....|
|...and big boys toys|
|this Calliope was pulled by a team of Percheron horses|
Of course you didn't think you'd get away without seeing any horse pictures now did you?
|a champion Friesan stallion|
|its a big job to harness these huge Belgians|
|this big girl's name was Sasha Marie|
|I think our big Sasha Marie is prettier, don't you?|