We made a trip down to Upper Canada Village yesterday, mostly to restock our flour supplies, and found we had arrived during the fall fair. Since we had missed the fair each previous year we decided to have a look see. There was a stage for performers, animals being judged, and of course the exhibit tent.
I was delighted to discover that there were a number of chickens being shown. I saw Barred Rocks, which were huge, and bantam fighting cocks which were tiny, and several breeds in between. Based on the Barred Rocks at the fair I'm actually beginning to think that our Barred Rock Putz is actually a pullet. That means we won't have to get rid of any of our chickens.
The exhibit tent was interesting in the variety of things shown. There were historically accurate spinning, weaving, knitting, and crocheting works. There were ink and watercolour pictures of various things around the village. There were various vegetables all of which far outweighed my measly attempts at gardening. There was a dessert display but all the desserts were replaced with a hand written sign stating "The Raccoons had a Dessert Party!". What was even more amusing was the very obvious, and LARGE, raccoon footprint on the tent wall.
We only spent a couple of hours there but is was interesting, and quite refreshing, to see especially when compared to the more commercial fairs seen in the communities. Some part of me definitely belongs in the yesteryear.