Yesterday, when I mentioned the fact that I was going to be going to the LA County fair, one of my friends not in this area said, “LA has their own fair? What I wouldn’t give to see that!” That pretty much sums it up. As one who was practically raised at New England fairs, you definitely see a different picture when you enter the LA Fair. When you enter the gate we go in, you see a large section dedicated to Hispanic culture, then large convention buildings full of expo displays. Unless you want something to polish your silverware or want new insurance, those buildings are largely useless.
You have some displays that celebrate California culture and history, a large building for interactive displays for small children. Micah had a blast in that area, playing in sand, pushing trains, and looking in a big magnifying window at his dad’s huge head made even bigger. There is a large animal barn where you can see new borns with their mom’s, whether they are pigs, sheep, goats, or chickens. We took Micah into a big petting zoo and the small goats converged upon him sniffing him for food. He laughed one second and nervously raised his hands up to get picked up the next. We gave him some food and the goats licked it out of his hand. He wasn’t sure what to think about this.
The highlight of the trip came when we were looking at the big sheep in a pen in the middle of the petting zoo. Some animals hang out in there to avoid the kids running around, so I took Micah to the fence so he could pet an animal that wasn’t going to freak him out. That’s when I heard something I haven’t heard in awhile. I heard the ewe make a deep moaning noise and looked behind it only to see two little feet coming out of the sheep. The poor thing was well into labor and no one that worked there had noticed.
Someone went over to tell the girl in charge of the zoo that there was a sheep lambing. I started thinking back to my days raising sheep and thinking of the things that I needed to look for. I was first of all, concerned that it was lambing in early September. Normally, sheep of this breed lamb in the winter, Nov-Dec time of the year, but not this early. Once in awhile you get a fall born sheep, but it isn’t normal because sheep have a certain time of the year where they go into heat.
Anyways, I’m sure my sister or mother could provide more info if you are interested. The lamb seemed to positioned right. I checked to see if the front feet and nose were coming out first and they were. once I saw that, I knew it was good just to let things happen. I called my mom to get any last minute advice should I need it, as no one had come yet. Soon, the head started to poke out, and finally someone who knew what they were doing showed up. He asked everyone to be quiet and the lamb popped out in a couple of minutes. He cleared the mucus and such out of the lamb’s mouth and nose and the mother came over and started to lick the lamb.
All of this in the petting zoo. Certainly not what we expected when we entered the pen, and the city folk saw much more than they ever imagined. Here are some pics of the time!
A happy moment with the goats.
All they had was John Deere tractors. Micah was clearly disappointed.
You may recognize this from last year’s picture.
Micah is interestingly still a horse…
Notice the David Ortiz jersey in the background!
Micah had a blast shaking the maraca along with the Spanish music.