SHAWVILLE Sept. 1, 2018
Being my second year covering the Shawville Fair, I had an idea of what to expect, from the animals through to the music and food. What I didn’t anticipate was just how much I’d experience and in just so many short hours.
The Saturday of the fair is jam-packed with tons going on and writing that even seems to be an understatement.
For me, it started a bit groggy but nothing a shower and some coffee couldn’t fix, thankfully, as I had much to do.
I began at the outdoor ring as it was the first place I saw where there was a sizable crowd forming. Exhibitors trotted out massive horses across various categories, coaxing them along as a judge studied them carefully.
The horses, nervous with the unfamiliar surroundings, required extra attention. Trainers often needed to calm them as they started to stand on their hind legs, saying, ‘easy, easy’ to help with their efforts.
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