No, Agfest isn't just an Australian thing, I know plenty of people that participated in them back in the States, I just never had a need or desire to go to one, so... Anyway, living in a state that even it's biggest cities are classed as rural, I wanted to go. Plus Phillip really wanted to go so he could eat some oliebollens that are at a stand every year (they were pretty tasty).
Aside from all the farming equipment that was pretty well priced, we stopped by craft booths (though most we had seen at the Deloraine Craft Fair earlier this year, and lovely as most of it is, it's not really in our budget), and, my favorite, the dogs and horses showing off their skills. And the alpacas. I love alpacas. They make a sound like, "Meh" and it makes me think of my sister (in a good way!). And they're just so fluffy and odd looking!
Unfortunately, my camera chose that day to show it's age and start dying on me. It's at least 4 years old, my little Canon Powershot, and taken several thousand photos, so it's not entirely surprising. Oh well, it still works well enough that I won't be upgrading any time soon.
|We wore out gum boots in anticipation of much mud. |
They're like the four-wheel drives of footwear!
I ALMOST felt bad for all the women/girls there in pretty shoes and boots.
|Border Collie showing of it's skills. Still in training, but having a blast.|
It's cool how much of the herding instinct is just BREAD into them.
|Girls from a local Pony Club on their Arabians showing off some skills.|
Horses were pretty stoked to be showing off, too.
|This gadget apparently helps you turn sheep better for things like dipping, |
crutching (cutting off their you-know-whats), and other sheep... things.
|See? Adorable fluffy baby Alpaca.|