Monday, January 19, 2015

Farm Show!

Well, what can I say other than, "Goodbye Farm Show of 2015, see you next year..." I would have to say that this year has been one of the best Farm Shows yet.  I did very well with my events.   First of all, the talent show, my friend Cami and I participated in by singing the song Mean Girls by Rachel Crow.  That song is about bullying and we thought that the message was very powerful.  We also looked up bullying statistics to put on cards and show the cards while we sang.  Some of the statistics were unbelievable!  Then we had some cards with happy thoughts such as, When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on, SMILE, Shine!, and one of my favorites, Life is a journey.... Live it.  We did a good job and had a lot of fun too!  

The next thing that I wanted to share with you is the fleece to shawl competition.  My team was Pennsylvania Grown Potatoes and I served as the weaver for the first time in five years!  We did very well and we even finished with forty five minutes left on the clock!  Our team won third place and I congratulate all of the other teams.  All of the shawls were beautiful!  I also think that no matter what color the ribbon was, we all won because of the hard team work needed.  Thank you team for such an awesome day!  We managed to raise a lot of money that will go back to benefit our county 4-H Fiber Arts Program as well as being able to make a donation to a 4-H family in need.

Like I said in the last blog, I would be in the rabbit room for a lot of Farm Show.  I participated in two demonstrations for bunny to garment.  For one of the demonstrations, I spun angora fiber, along with my friend Maddy and Ashley, my sister, knit what we spun into baby booties from a rabbit that was just clipped a few seconds prior to spinning it.  In the other demonstration, Maddy, Veronika, and Bri were showing how to spin the fiber and I was demonstrating how to weave it into a scarf.  I finished the scarf that day and I am going to donate it to the PaSRBA auction in February.  I managed to clip one of my Giant Angora rabbits named Abby to demonstrate how I harvest the wool from my stock.  Abby loved getting the haircut because she really needed it.  Also in the rabbit room, I competed in rabbit showmanship and I am proud to announce that I won first place!  While we are on the topic of showmanship, I placed fourth in poultry showmanship.  

And finally, driving my miniature horse named Journey was wonderful.  I am so proud of him for doing so well and I don't think that it could have gone any better.  It just proves that you need to plan your work and work your plan.  A wise man told me that one!

After this week, I am very glad to be back home, but I wish that the Farm Show wasn't over just yet.  I can't wait until next year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pa State Farm Show... 

Here are a few pictures and I hope you enjoyed this blog.

Me as the PaSRBA Duchess and The 4-H Clover Bear

Waiting for the Fashion Show

A few friends and Cami and I waiting for the talent show...
Me weaving the potato shawl

My team winning third.

Trimming the ends.  "GO GO GO!!!"
Journey before the show...

Journey and I driving!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Excitement....

Do you feel it?  How about now?  It's in the air!  What's in the air?  Might it be... only the 2015 Pa State Farm Show!  For me, the excitement started in February of 2014 because I look forward to this event as much as I look forward to Christmas.  This year, the Blue Mountain Farms team is going to very busy.  We will, for the first time, have our very own booth!  It is also exciting for the Fleece to Shawl and Sheep to Shawl teams because there is only one week until our big competition day!  I will serve as the weaver, for the first time in five years of competing, for the team potato.  I look forward to the result.  

I know that as the PaSRBA Duchess, I will be in the rabbit room most of the time.  I also am excited for the rabbit show on Friday.  There are always lots and lots of breeds of rabbits there and only a few get to stay for the whole week.  You see, the Best of Breed and Best Opposite of Breed winners, and some breeds keep varieties as well, stay for the week, other wise, there would be hundreds and hundreds of rabbits crammed into one room.  Also in the rabbit room, there is a stage that the kids get to stand up on and talk a little bit about their breed or breeds of rabbits that they raise.  I love to talk about rabbits and how they are dual purpose animals.  I also like to give a presentation that other 4-H kids participate it.It is a demonstration of taking a coat off of a rabbit and turning it into a garment.  I really enjoy the time that I get to spend with my friends during this demonstration and just being there and representing at the same time!  We are all volunteers and appreciate all that is offered with all of the wonderful opportunities.  

There is one more thing that I am very proud of.  My miniature horse named Journey, you've seen him in previous blogs, and I have been working very hard and we have been invited to participate this year's Miniature horse Extravaganza!  Not to mention the fact that we are going to be driving too!  I am very excited and I can say that there will be a blog about that very soon.

I am looking forward to what this year brings and I can't wait to give you an update in a week!  I will attach a few pictures of Farm Show of 2014.  

My bunny, Brown Sugar, and I were waiting for rabbit showmanship

My brothers cabinet and my jams n' jellies won Best in Show!

My fleece to Shawl team last year

Journey and I waiting to preform last year.

Journey and I before a show with the miniatures