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"