Saturday, October 3, 2009

CUMBERLAND FAIR~PART ONE

Yesterday my husband and I attended the Cumberland Fair, a small agricultural fair located in Cumberland Maine. This year the fair is held from September 27th through October 3rd with an expected attendance of 50,000.A farmer works from sun up till sun down 365 days a year. This poster says it all.Due to a wet growing season the squash and pumpkins entrants were down. Typically there are 40 or more entrants and among those one or two pumpkins will weigh in at 1,000 pounds or more. This year there were two dozen entrants and the winner was Al Berard with a pumpkin weight of 896.5 pounds. The world record holder for largest pumpkin is Joe Jutrus of Rhode Island with a pumpkin weight of 1,689 pounds. A pair of oxen giving me the evil eye. We owned a pair of steers when our sons were young. I actually was the one who wanted them, we adopted them from the dairy farm down the road. I believe as we left their driveway the Parson boys were laughing at me. (What does an island girl know about farming) Well, it was fun until they became massive in weight and size. Oh, they would become loose and wander over to the clothes line and eat my laundry. During the Christmas holiday Rocky and Bullwinkle would eat the pine wreaths that were adorning our doors. It took that experience for me to understand why cows need magnets in their stomach's. For now I am sticking with poultry. Once I spied these FrizzlesI fell for them. Yes sirree. They appear to have a bad hair day going on 24/7/365- just my kind of gals.
Oh, and than you have the Polish. They seem to have big personalities to go along with the large crown of feathers they sport. ( As well as being very vocal)Fancy Silkies and Sultans which were rather reserved and regal. This lovely lady reminded me of Cruella De ville from the 101 Dalmatians movie. What do you think.
I was considering bringing this big fella home (I bet he would put Winslow Homer in his proper place) but somebody beat me to him. And look at this boy, a handsome Buff Orpington.I bet he don't take no S*** if you know what I mean. Well, now I know what a spur looks like up close and personal. After viewing all the poultry( many times around the barn) I dare say I do NOT have a rooster. I keep telling myself, I do not have a rooster, I do not have a rooster. I think I need to check legs one more time!




















8 comments:

henbogle said...

Love the frizzles, they remind me of someone I see in the mirror!

I need a fair fix, maybe if it isn't raining tomorrow.... although I bought a new gardening toy today, It might be hard to tear myself away.

Gail said...

I love the fair.

All my life, we worked through the summer to prepare for the fair. This was one of the ways we earned Christmas money, from our blue ribbons.

I did not go this year.

Eve said...

That was fun Julie! Thanks for taking us along. What the heck is that dove (Cruella) doing in with all the Chickens? I love the cows. Glad you don't have any more laundry eating steer!

Jenny wren's nest said...

My son had a rooster that looked like the one that you said looked like cruella De ville, Charlie had a bigger tail than his body, when the wind would blow real hard he would almost get blown away.
Jenny

Cedar ... said...

What a neat fair that must be. And I'm glad to see the 4-H emblem on the cover of the brochure. All those hen photos make me miss my old friend, a White Leghorn named Sunshine. (We had hens when i was growing up.) Thanks for taking me along!

Anonymous said...

Those steer you raised sure gave us a lot of laughs with all their antics. When is the next hen coop going up? The photos are great!

Rural Rambler said...

I think a Frizzle or two or more would love to call Dog Trot Farm home :)

Kritter Keeper said...

gorgeous 'poultry' pics. loved the close ups...such cute faces...maybe not as cute as a kitten but still cute!