One of the exhibits in the Hay Palace was this display on growing corn. Nevada has a dual economy - agriculture and mining - besides gaming. The Ag Council sponsored all of the displays in this tent, and corn was completely new to me - I think hay and cows.
The young 4Her is actually from a neighboring California county but volunteered to staff this booth because she thought it was so interesting. She's showing her own pigs and a neighbors meat lambs, which she says are stupid. She thinks pigs are awesome and when I told her about the girl losing control of her pig the day before, she said that would never happen to her.
She was demon-
strating how to make corn meal when I walked up and then volunteered to also show me the machine that strips dried corn from the ears. I love 4H but I'm sure I've said that before. BTW, 4H is a club like Boy Scouts, but for agriculturally interested children. I was in 4H.
They had been announc-
ing all day the Wild West Show in the horse arena at 7:00. I left the Hay Palace after the cast-iron cookoff to see one of these teams ride into the tunnel to the horse arena. I could hear the volume from inside so ran up the steps to see what the deal was. Oh man. This is after the event, since my old camera can't catch action. These two teams raced each other at unbelievable speeds - my heart was pounding. Someone told me - oh, this is just regular rodeo stuff. But I've never been to a rodeo. Holy cow!
Just across from the buggy teams in the channel into the arena was this stage-
coach. They'd been there for a while, waiting for something. Oh, and after the buggy races, they had teenage trick riders ala Annie Oakley, followed by Indian hoop dancers. Awesome and breathtaking is all I can say.
Back to the driver who had been waiting and was still waiting, so when I walked by, I asked if I could take his picture. He nodded. I said I'm going to put this on my blog. Is that okay? He said, let me get my hat, thus I have this cute picture of the driver.
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