Yesterday was the opening day of the Fryeburg Fair, which is one of the classic New England fairs. Sure, there’s fried food and a midway, but the real show is in the barns, where there are 4-H kids dressed in white, tired looking parents, grandparents in overalls wielding pitchforks, and stalls full of animals.
Piglets are cute.
But they grow up to be this big, so I didn’t bring one home.
Speaking of big, look at these gorgeous spotted steers.
Even bigger, was this oxen team. I think they were the gentlest animals at the fair. The owner says they work for cheese doodles and head scratches.
I’d rather be around those massive oxen with their sharp horns, than this llama with her annoyed expression.
There were also border collies herding sheep, ginormous draft horses, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, and a whole barnful of rabbits! I thought about taking this Harlequin bunny home.
But I didn’t. I did come home with maple sugar sprinkles and goat milk soap in the shape of a tractor, which was enough.