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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚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 πŸ˜‰au 022 Sweet Jake ( he wasn’t liking my camera πŸ™‚ )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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰