12 Things All Cattle Showmen Know About County Fairs

County fair season is underway! For fairgowers, it’s a fun time filled with concerts, rides, greasy food, and tractor pulls. But for thousands of livestock families across the nation, this week is more anticipated than Christmas Day!

For families with cattle projects, fair week is taken very seriously. Although each fair is different, here are twelve things that ALL cattle showmen can relate to:

1. “Fair food” actually means crockpot meals and loaded coolers.Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.38.59 AM

2. The kids who don’t show cattle will never understand why you have to wash and blow EVERYDAY.

3. You will undoubtedly go through an entire bottle of baby powder to get all the ultra-sound oil out of your calf’s top-line. (It all pays off if you make rate-of-gain!)

4. The camper becomes a harbor for multiple changes of clothes, dirty boots, show boots, and the entire grocery store snack aisle.

5. You have to take your own water onto the grounds because cattle are picky drinkers and don’t like city water.Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.40.29 AM

6. Naps and showering become a rare and precious amenity.

7. Show day actually starts at 4 AM.

8. You will have the same conversation with your mother every year that goes something like:

“Smile and act like you are having fun in the ring!”
“I am having fun mom. This is just my show face to let the judge know I mean business!”

9. The best part of any day is sitting at tie-outs with the barn crew.Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.37.32 AM

10. No matter how hard you try, you always go home with one less scotch comb than you started with.

11. The hardest part of the fair ending is going home to an empty barn.

12. No matter how you do on show day, you always walk away proud of yourself because you know that you put in the time, work and effort to raise and care for the largest market animal on the fair grounds!

To all the cattle showmen preparing for your county fairs; work hard, keep cool, have a blast, and good luck!

All for the Love of Beef,
Sierra Jepsen

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