Last Friday I went to the State Fair of Virginia to help chaperone an 8th grade field trip. Our group participated in an FFA forestry competition in the morning and then enjoyed the exhibits and rides the rest of the day.
My job for the day was to photograph our students while competing. It wasn’t easy as there were several competitions going on at the same time.
I’m not sure of the official name for the competition below, but the object is to kick and roll a log a certain distance, turn it around using a special tool, and then to kick and roll it back to the start. You can see that it requires teamwork, strength, and coordination.
Another competition is the log toss. I can’t imagine that I’d be able to toss a log very far, but you would be impressed by what some of the high school boys could do.
Sawing is another competition. I didn’t get our boys in action, but they did a great job.
Our county high school was also at the competition and I ran into several of my former students. My sweet little former 7th graders are now big men!
Overall for the competition we came in 3rd for the state for middle schools.
After the competition, we took the kids through some of the agricultural exhibits. Young MacDonalds Farm is a fun for kids of all ages as many of the animals can be petted.
This calf was born the day before we arrived.
The State Fair grounds were originally a horse farm that bred race horses. Secretariat was from this farm and here’s his great-grandson.
This is a Zedonk, a sterile mix between a Zebra and a Donkey. He lives in Stuarts Draft.
While the kids were riding rides, I toured the dairy barn.
I would have like to have seen the inside of The Meadows but it was not open to the public but can be rented for functions.
Secretariate’s stall is the one with the open door.
This man carved two amazing pumpkins. (I am about 99% sure that I know the guy watching from growing up. I wish now that I’d asked his name.)
It was a fun day at the fair. If you live in Virginia, you should go!