For me the Minnesota State Fair is nearly over, although there is another week to go.
I do the jump crew work for the English horse show over the first week.
The weather has been good and the crew seems to be working well. Its busy in the Hippodrome and we need to get the jumps in and out.
Yesterday the cattle were being judged before the ring was released to us.
They are all groomed fine and the stands are full of cow folks from all over the 87 counties of Minnesota.
They are some of the best looking cows in the world.
The announcer really knows his bovine.
Class after class goes by and is judged. Lots of kids with their livestock are all gussied up for their effort to win a ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair.
There were easily four thousand people watching in the Colosseum, half of them in cowboy hat.
The Hippodrome is shaped like a very, very large Quonset-hut made of concrete. The dirt covered ring inside is huge.
They have been judging class after class for hours.
In they line up. A line twenty, thirty cow or more long is no problem for the Minnesota State Fair Hippodrome.
When the final lineup is in the ring, you can hear a pin drop.
The announcer helps you figure out what to look for in a cow.
You can feel lots of building suspense.
Eventually the judge walks the line gives a second and a third final look over... when...
The crowd explodes when the judge slaps the haunches of the blue ribbon champion.
The winner received a brand new truck and trailer.
Next it's pictures while we clear the ring and try to get the folks out so we can drag the ring and set up for the jumpers scheduled to show in twenty minutes.
It took us twenty five to do it. We were moving pretty good.
All went well, and today; Sunday, we will do the setup and take down for the last day of the Minnesota State Fair English Horse Show 2009.