An Excursion to the Dutchess County Fair – Pig Racing

This was our final stop at the fair. Our friend had been talking about the pig racing all day and I must admit that I wasn’t really that interested. It turned out to be quite amusing, however.

We got there just in time to catch the last two races, which was probably just about enough (I’m not sure how much pig racing I can take).

The first race (see above) involved really small pigs. Not only were they small, they were also extremely fast and the race was over almost before you realized.

The second race (see below) involved really really big pigs. These were quite slow and ponderous, but added an element of suspense as they would from time to time stop for no apparent reason (could food have been placed around the track specifically to create this effect?). The race seemed to go on forever, the winner being a rank outsider who came from the rear of the pack.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A trip to Muscoot Farm – Bringing the Cows in.

We’d been visiting the old dairy barn and just as we were leaving the farm workers were bringing in the cows from the field to the barn. This brought back memories. My paternal grandmother owned a farm and when I was young (and before she sold the land for development) I remember her doing exactly the same thing.

It also solved a bit of a mystery. A while back I took a picture at Muscoot of some chains attached to wooden posts (see: Chains). At the time I didn’t know what their purpose was. Now I do. The’re used to make a corridor for the cows to pass through on their way into the barn.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.