Coarsegold 4-H is busy getting ready for Madera Fair. There are a lot of non-animal parts of the fair, but today I am just going to talk about my favorite part — the animals!
The poultry show will be on Saturday at 9 a.m. My brother, sister and I all show poultry. My brother and I have market turkeys, which will go for sale at the auction on Saturday. We also have chickens that we do showmanship with.
Then on Tuesday is weigh-in day. This is the day that all the fair animals are brought to the fairgrounds to get weighed in and put in their pens. We set up our signs, food and water and make sure the animals are comfortable. Market pigs, beef, lambs, and goats will be shown on different days during the fair and then go for auction on Saturday. These animals will not come home, which is a little sad for kids like me that raised them.
There is a lot of work that goes into any animal that goes to fair. First, we raise it from birth or buy a baby animal. Then we feed it and make sure the animal lives in a good place. We wash it and shear it for weigh-in day. Before showmanship, we shear it more and touch up areas to show the judge how good our animal is. We watch our friends show and listen for our turn and sometimes it takes all day...