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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
Headed to New York Sheep & Wool tomorrow 
17th-Oct-2013 01:33 pm
I am headed north tomorrow morning to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival. This is my favorite show of the year in terms of setting - gorgeous fall colors on the Hudson River - and festival layout. The people are great, the festival is well planned and well presented, and it is a really neat way to close out the goat show year.

Life got in the way, so I am not taking any fleeces north tomorrow. This is bad because fleeces at NYS&W always sell well. This is good because I don't have to bust ass during the drive to get there before the fleece entries close at 4pm. Really, less stress is better. So not selling fleeces and driving in a sane and relaxed manner is an A-ok thing.

The contestants for this show are: Ari, Madeline, Fiona, and Kezzi. I honestly don't expect anything fabulous, because I've learned from past experience that a high-placed goat in one show can be a nobody in the next one, or vice versa. That said, I do have bragging rights from last year's show that I'd like to repeat or better this year. From last year's NYS&W show, Ari has a second place/kid award to defend against the New York crowd, and Ari and Madeline together have a first place breeder's flock award. Fiona and Kezzi have yet to earn any honors, of course.

(For anyone who needs amusement, you can always revisit my attempt at humor: "T'was Three Days Before Goat Show")
18th-Oct-2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Good luck reedrover. I really like Rhinebeck and the goat shows, too - only drawback is that on a nice weekend it gets INSANELY crowded; which is good if you're a seller, not so good if you're just trying to get down the aisle. Someday I hope to be a vendor there. Till then... I just hope to get back as a spectator; maybe next year.

18th-Oct-2013 10:37 am (UTC)
I don't mind the good-weather crowds. There is enough to see, and enough outdoor booths, that if the indoor areas are that bad I just stay outside.
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