Field night

A few weeks ago, we hosted Lebanon County Holstein Field Night at our farm. We felt honored that we were asked, but I have to admit, I didn’t think I was up for it.You see, I get a little obsessive compulsive when I’m having company, whether it be friends or family. I know that’s sad, but it’s true. I’m working on that 😉 Anyway, hubby dear said it’s only fair that we take our turn since we enjoy going to other farms each year. But there is a lot of nicer farms than ours, and it’s a LOT of work, and, and, I realized my excuses were a bit lame 🙂

So we tackled it, like many others did, and it all went well! We felt so blessed with the awesome weather God gave us that night, and throughout the week. I am very glad it’s behind us though 🙂 There’s just something about knowing 800-1000 people will most likely show up, that you start worrying about all those nooks and crannies that need cleaned up, touched up, painted, etc. Dale and Randy did lots of painting, and I think it will be a long time till either of them picks up a paint brush!

Their was much preparation involved, but we had great help! Committee members, friends, family. All so kind!au 010Getting the cows nice and clean. They were washed with Tide 🙂 It didn’t even smell like a barn after that! au 015Fuel for the workers :) 009Setting up the seating 018The door 016au 020 The children acted like it was Christmas when the big slide arrived 🙂au 021Their was loads of children here, so it was nice to have things for them to do!au 025 au 027 au 028The caterers did a wonderful job! I couldn’t eat much though 😉au 022 Sweet Jake ( he wasn’t liking my camera 🙂 )au 023They counted trays to give an idea of how many people were served. They used 975 trays.

And there was soft ice cream. YUM!! We had the one machine here the day before. Between us and the folks helping, we ate quite a bit 🙂

Rodney went up the silo and took some photos. I liked the bird’s eye view. All these were taken with a cell phone. There’s no way you would get me up that high 🙂20140815_20043820140815_20070620140815_200618Flowers by the shop. Love my old milk can!!au 047au 029 au 033I should have taken more pictures. This barn won’t stay this clean 🙂

The worst part of the night I was worrying about was having to stand up front. That actually wasn’t too bad because it was pretty dark outside . Lessened the 030 au 031 au 032These 2 took care of the night milking. So thankful for that! Any farmer knows that it’s so nice to have competent relief milkers, and these guys do great. That’s probably because they were trained well. Both of them worked on the farm for us when they were younger 😉 Thanks Brent and Rodney!!kidsOur sweet children. Love them!! I took this for a farming magazine that wanted a photo.

I think we were all pretty exhausted till it was over. My pillow sure was soft when I hit it 😉

Fun Stuff

misc. karen, cabin 008We enjoyed the Lebanon Fair… misc. karen, cabin 010 misc. karen, cabin 011 misc. karen, cabin 012Especially the good food 🙂misc. karen, cabin 009mosl 077_edited-1Everyone loves the milkshakes there! We get loaded with free coupons since we’re dairy farmers. Nice! I’ve also helped at the milkshake stand the last 2 yrs. and I do enjoy it.mosl 075_edited-1 mosl 078_edited-1 mosl 079_edited-1I love the display set up at the milkshake stand. Someone made little cowpies with cement, I guess, and they are very real looking, corn included 🙂 And I’m a sucker for old milk cans 🙂

We of course had to walk through the pig building, and the bunny shed, and the cow barns, because we don’t see enough of them 🙂

We even have a fair souvenir. This fish the boys won. I have to admit, I like watching him swim around.misc. karen, cabin 047While I’m typing, I hear little dripping sounds when he comes to the surface. It’s quite peaceful after a busy day 🙂

Be Blessed!!