Every year, I try to go to the Royal to get my horse fix and other farm animal fix, see prize winners, and visit with my goddaughter. She has a beautiful booth every year, where she sells antique furniture and various other accoutrements that have been painted with horses, fox terriers, pugs, foxes anything related to horses and riding or driving.
The smells, the sounds, the sights of hundreds of little kids running around having a really exciting time, perhaps the first in which they've been able to be up close and personal with animals, is always for me a memorable experience.
But it took first prize in its category and its feathers were certainly pretty. So I suppose it had a right to show off.
This handsome fellow - also a prize winner - spent a lot of time listening to me croon to him and obligingly turned so I would catch his best side when I asked. What a ham...
Speaking of ham, these two sleepy pigs hardly moved as a group of art school teens worked hard to capture them with their sketch books and pencils. The Royal is always a perfect opportunity for a day out for these young people who could be seen everywhere drawing industriously. Of course they probably never get the chance to go to the country and see these animals in a field. But then most animals aren't in fields any more are they?
We were treated to several little children who had never seen animals like this obviously, their eyes big and bright. When we tried to help them feed the animals we were rewarded with even bigger smiles when little hands were immediately licked clean and more goats arrived to get some treats.
That's one of the beauties of the Royal - it's not only for farmers and breeders to show their prize stock, but also for children to get a chance to actually touch and learn about animals. What a joy to watch all this.
I drove home exhilarated and full of smiles... If you get the chance to spend even a half an hour at a similar fair - do give it a try - it is so much fun. There truly is something for everyone. And I had a great day at the fair! May you have a similar experience, different from your daily routine and fun!