Good childhood memories for the Young girls
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.