Getting their goats
Cleanliness is the name of the game in an award-winning goat, which is why Aaron Kline, 13, and Jenny Groff, 18, could be found scrubbing away on four brown and white goats.
“We’re getting them ready for today’s showing at 5 p.m.,” Groff said.
Both are Centre County 4-H members.
The goats are trimmed, bathed and brushed in preparation for the show, she said.
The goats didn’t seem to mind the water too much, and seemed appreciative of the relief from the heat.
The show usually involves 50 to 60 goats, Aaron said, holding out high hopes for his pair.
Strolling music is the staple of any large fair, and the trio of Anything Goes is more than happy to bring their music to the people.
Filled with jokes and tunes, Jim Kerhin, plectrum banjo; Jim Chapman, soprano saxophone; and Mike Loewen, trombone, were found playing near the exhibition buildings.
“We’ll play just about anything,” Kerhin said. “That’s why we’re Anything Goes.”
Anything also includes the classic Cole Porter tune, which the band eagerly launched into.
The trio can be found anywhere there isn’t already music playing, according to the band themselves, throughout the weekend.
This place is hopping
While the promise of rides, food and shopping is enough to draw anyone to a fair, cuddly animals put the cherry on top.
Cages and cages of rabbits, of every size, color and age, lined the rabbit and poultry building. And children lined the cages trying to get a view.
Young rabbits the size of a person’s palm were stacked next to rabbits the size of a small dog, always wary of the visitors watching them.
A screen separates the visitors from the cages, protecting the rabbits which are known to be a bit ... jumpy.