Posted by: vmlay | September 19, 2009

Festus Farming Days

Alex and Mac and I went to the Festus Farming Days this morning.  It was not a big event but the kids had a lot of fun and it was educational as well.  I like being able to sneak in a bit of education when they’re not looking 🙂

First we visited with a lady who raises Angora rabbits, she uses their fur for spinning into scarves, hats and other things.  The bunnies were Sophia and Ashley and one of the exhibitors was showing how they cut the fur so it can be used for spinning.  The kids loved getting to pet each rabbit (when you touch them your hands just sink into them like they are wearing a fluffy cloud, so soft!).

Here is Ashley getting her haircut:


The woman explained that Angora fur is very expensive so the items she makes are usually blends of Angora with other fibers.


Angora’s are clipped four times a year.   Ashley certainly didn’t seem to mind although she was less certain about Mac 🙂


Once I coaxed Alex away from the bunnies (she really wanted to bring one home) we watched a lady making cloth on a loom:


There was also a woodworking booth.  Mac picked out a small wood pig, Alex picked out a horse (of course :-):


We watched them make sorghum using a mule to turn the press.  I coaxed Alex into a taste test but she was not impressed 🙂  It is a pretty strong flavor.  Mac wasn’t about to try.  I thought it tasted pretty good actually.  I remember my grandfather loved to get sorghum for his pancake breakfasts!


There was also a mule busy grinding corn:


This isn’t a very good picture, but it’s the old combine that they were getting ready to demonstrate.  We didn’t stay long enough to see it in action but the kids were impressed with how big it was!


There were also several antique tractors.  Mac told me he wants a tractor like this (including flags) for his farm 🙂


But the best part, of course, was the draft horses.  That is what Alex wanted to see the most and she was pleased that there were quite a few.  This pair was getting ready to do plowing:


This is the three-horse hitch in action:


The Percheron was Alex’s favorite because she was able to get up close to pet and talk to him:


The plow that the Percheron would be using later in the day:


These are the Haflingers being hitched up.   They provided wagon rides which Mac and Alex thought was great (very bouncy!) — we went twice since there wasn’t a line and the kids insisted they had to have another go:


Mac on the wagon ride — and yes, he’s been holding white rock in every picture — he picked it up and carried it around all morning.  He said it was a special rock and he needed to bring it home 🙂


And, last but not least, Alex, being — well — Alex 🙂




  1. what a great day of learning.

  2. I dont know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    …..Frank Scurley

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