Ag-citing Weekend at the Western Fair

For the past ten days I have been representing agriculture and the 4-H Ontario program as the 4-H Achiever of the year at the Western Fair in London, Ontario.  For those who have not heard of the 4-H Achiever of the Year, consider it as an Ambassador of the Fair.  Along with one other winner, I got to experience all the sights and sounds that the seventh largest fair in Canada has to offer. We attended many of the agricultural events, handing out ribbons at shows, greeting visitors, and advocating agriculture. The Western fair has been held annually since 1868, and draws in over 250,000 people.  There is something for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or interests. There are dairy, beef, horses, sheep, pigs, chickens, and even Alpacas in the Agriplex. Sheep shearing, horse handling and milking demonstrations are held periodically. Throughout the day there are also various events being held in the arena, such as: rodeos, barrel racing, cattle shows, heavy-horse pulls, pole-bending, and team penning. For the children specifically there are tractor pull races, a straw maze, and a mechanical horse to practice riding.

It was great to see so many people out and about at this year’s Western Fair. My highlight of the fair was watching the eager fairgoers as they watched a few of the cows as they were calving. This was the first time for many to be seeing a live birthing, but for us farmers it was just another day in the life. The crowd was silently awaiting the ‘babies’ arrival, then cheers engulfed the Agriplex followed by the question, “is it a boy or girl”?

visit http://www.westernfair.com for more fair details

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~ by mpfister on September 21, 2009.

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