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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It's fair time again!

I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything.  I've been BUSY!!!  Our annual family reunion on the 4th of July weekend kept me busy with preparations before and cleaning up afterwards.  We had 91 here.  We plan to make a big push for next year and try to get most everyone home and have a family float in the parade.  Fun times!!
 We went to our county fair last night.  We spent the evening going through the commercial building and seeing the animals.  The girls spent most of their time in the horse barns.  My niece, Bridgette, overcame her fear and petted the horses.  
 Ryan rode in his stroller most of the night, but he had to get out and stretch his legs.  He didn't quite know what to think of all the animals he saw.  His face was just a study all evening.
 Nanna was glad to see her friend Peaches.  Just her size!
 The man at the back of the horse is Danny Hooks.  The girls look him up every year.  He is giving them a lesson in horse safety in this picture.  He also taught them the parts of the horse.  He gives them  a ride most years.  4-H rules say that no one can ride the horse before the competition except the person that will be riding the horse in the competition.  Since we were there on Monday night and the competition was Tuesday, he told them to come back Wednesday and he would give them a ride.  You can bet they put that on their schedule!!  They love to ride!
This is not a very good picture since it was getting so dark, but this is how Grandpa & Grandma Cooper saw the fair...in our Polaris Ranger.  Grandpa's health has been declining recently, and he wasn't able to walk the fairgrounds.  I called Saturday and got permission to take the Ranger out to the fairgrounds so he didn't have to miss everything.  This way, he was able to see all the animal barns and quite a few friends.  He enjoyed himself, but we sure wore him out.  When we were ready to go home, we all piled in to go back to the van.  We filled both seats and the bed with me, Gary, Grandpa, Grandma, Meagan, Krissy, Ryan, Erin, Heather, Laura, Kara, Leah, & Nanna.  We must have been quite a site!!  But we had a good time!!!

1 comment:

  1. Great to see the family having fun AND learning at the fair! I went to the Lodi Agriculture Fair (love that they acknowledge the reason for the fair) to take photos of my cousin Lisa's son Mitchell. He is going into his Senior year of high school and wanted to have some photos of he and his show cow. Since the "professional" photographer couldn't do it, it was my pleasure. They turned out great and I think I even made the cow smile! :)