Good child­hood mem­o­ries for the Young girls

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

sea­son is my favourite time of year, but there is noth­ing bet­ter than hav­ing a fair right in the mid­dle of your home town. Ay­ers Cliff Fair is within walk­ing dis­tance from the home I grew up in and I think it is most ex­cit­ing week­end through­out the whole year. There are so many things I could chose to be my fa­vorite mem­ory but the one thing that I will al­ways re­mem­ber most is ex­hibit­ing our fam­i­lies Pure­bred Alpine goats. The fair of­fi­cially opens on Thurs­day night but Fri­day is the big day at the fair for our fam­ily be­cause Fri­day is “show day”. My sis­ters and I show our Alpine goats in the open show and the 4-H show. The prepa­ra­tion starts weeks be­fore fair, train­ing and clip­ping our an­i­mals. We also help our grand­fa­ther, Ben Cun­ning­ton, get the small an­i­mal barn ready for the fair, clean­ing and paint­ing stalls. Dur­ing fair week we dec­o­rate our stalls for all the visi­tors that are go­ing to pass through the barn over the course of the week­end. Be­fore the goat show we have to dress up into our “show whites”, which are sure to be brown with dirt by noon. With our whites and work boots on, we put on that brand new leather col­lar we had bought spe­cial for the fair and lead our goat into the show ring. The 4-H show is al­ways in­ter­est­ing. If we win Grand or Re­serve cham­pion goat show­man­ship we get to try our hand at show­ing all the other types of an­i­mals in the over­all show­man­ship class in the 4-H show, which might in­clude beef and dairy calves, sheep, horses, chicken, rab­bits and of course, goats. Over the years, my sis­ters were my big­gest com­pe­ti­tion, and our goal was to get our chance to show all of the other 4-H an­i­mals. We've each taken our turn at be­ing the win­ner, and there's def­i­nitely been some tears shed on the years when we didn't quite make the cut, but Ayer's Cliff Fair has supplied me with some child­hood mem­o­ries I will never for­get.

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