We arose today to bright skies and the usual sun shining through the windows into the apartment. There is
pecuaria is a very popular destination in the city for the sixteen day celebration of agriculture and country music. This year the pecuaria is celebrating it 66th year of Agricultural Exhibition of Goias and the 26th International Exhibition of Animals. As you can imagine it has a long history of excellence and I have heard stories of huge crowds of people at the fair. However, we are attending on a weekday and so that should translate to less crowds which makes me happy.
Arriving at the fair grounds, there are a lot of available parking spots and we head straight to the ticket window (thinking we have come at the right time). We purchase our R$20.00 ticket and head to the gate. Upon passing through the gate, I am quickly transported back to the county fairs of my youth. As an active member of 4-H I would proudly take our garden produce, wood working projects, and entomology displays to the Buena Vista County Fair in hopes of the coveted blue ribbon. Many of my friends exhibited their livestock and I would support them as they paraded their animals in front of the judges. It was such a great learning experience and when the judging was finished and we ended up with those blue, red, or white ribbons, I remember just how proud I was..
The other fair we regularly attended was the Clay County Fair in Spencer Iowa. Since our school district was in Clay County we would get a day or two off of school to attend the fair. It was always a great opportunity to spend time with family or friends. All the carnival rides, baked goods, produce, livestock and you just never knew who you would bump into. I remember those days like they were yesterday. As we walk through the livestock barns of the pecuaria it is easy to see the similarities. The barns are full of magnificently manicured cattle, washed and ready to head out for judging. Lots of vendors set up to sell all the agricultural equipment one would need. We stroll around a while and see some of the exhibits and stumble across an exhibit sponsored by the Goiania history center. The exhibit is filled with artifacts and farm equipment of the early years in Goias. I take a moment to reflect back to the stories of my grandparents and the thrashing machines they used to harvest the crops. What a wonderful time and the exhibit is a great tribute to this era. It is filled with grain crushing instruments and all sorts of artifacts from early farms in the region.