Fairiors: Big Butler Fair, Vol 1.

For years, I’ve been wanting to check out the Big Butler Fair. I don’t know why, particularly … it could be any number of reasons: My love of people watching. My redneck heritage. Just wanting to do something different.

And on all 3 counts, the Big Butler Fair did not disappoint. In fact, it inspired a new category on the ole neglected blog: Fairiors. I created it because, well, I now feel compelled to visit every other county fair that I can. On the list: Fayette County on July 28th. Washington County on Aug. 17. Westmoreland County on Aug. 18th.  Yeah, gonna be an interesting summer … assuming you like county fairs.

I went with 4 other people — 2 folks from the immediate Butler area, and 2 others who were not. The locals tend to call it “The Big But Air” — and on a 90 degree day, I had a good guess as to why.

I cut the sleeves off an old Iron City Beer t-shirt, charged up the Droid X, threw some Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steve Miller Band on the iPod, grabbed my best ratty ballcap, and made my way to Butler.

There’s really just too much to talk about to fit into one blog entry, so this will be broken up into three segments. This one will be “The Animal Segment.”

Big Butler Fair: Udderly educational!

I was not raised on a farm. I was not in 4H Club. I cannot tell you the difference between horse, cow or chicken breeds. Hell, my idea of different chicken breeds was breaded, non-breaded, baked, rotisseried, and pressure cooked. So, yeah, this was a whole new experience.

Upon walking up to the first animal zone, fellow fairior Rachel admonished me on my shoe choice: a pair of Teevas. “Do you know how much cow shit and piss and puke you’ll probably step in by the end of the day?” I assured her that I had worked at a Ren Fair, and if that didn’t kill me, nothing coming from a farm animal could.

As if by design, upon walking into the first cow barn, a cow decided to take a pee. With urine flying out of its rear area, I decided to keep wide of the rear ends of any farm critter I encountered — it was a good decision, as I saw more animals poop and pee in one hour than I had in my entire life. There’s really not a lot to talk about, as a caption on most of these pictures is all you need to get the idea of what was happening.

The Cow Centipede — from @pantster

Miniature Horse is not amused


NO! Stop living off the scraps you are given! Embrace … oh, fuck it. See you at Easter.

Speaking of Easter …

Easter decor. In July. Baffling.

Gandalf should have ridden a horse like this instead of that plain one.

Legolis can ride this one. It’s pretty.

More education! Good advice is good advice, yo.

I would proudly ride this chicken into battle. — @pantster

Different definitions, I guess.


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