Family traditions run deep in many families. Traditions usually center around holidays and food. The same activities are attended and the same foods are prepared, or "it just isn't (insert holiday)."

Well, in some families the traditions center around the annual livestock show. Yes, LIVESTOCK! You know ... cows, pigs, sheep, goats, etc. In the royal family, livestock shows are a tradition on both sides of the family. The Queen grew up in 4-H activities. She had home economics and civics projects, but probably enjoyed the livestock projects most. Prince Charming grew up in 4-H and had livestock projects as well.

The past two days have been filled with activity at our local livestock show. This is the 65th year for our local show. Students came from surrounding counties and presented their animals for judging. Now, this particular show is a family tradition for the royal family because Prince Charming and his father showed here as children. Prince Charming's father was actually an exhibitor in the first show for this organization.

Now, it is the prince's turn to carry on the tradition. He is what they call a "Cloverbud." He is allowed to exhibit a small animal. He's too young to compete, but is allowed to participate for the experience. And what an experience!

At the tender age of 6, he is completing his second project year. Every day, he had to feed and water his goats.

He had to teach his goat to walk and lead with a halter.

As show day neared, he had to groom his goat and prepare it for it's debut.

He had to show it to it's best advantage and his best ability.

Now, the prince and Prince Charming arrived at the show approximately three hours before the Queen and the princess. This gave the prince plenty of time to work the crowd and make new friends. The Queen wasn't out of the car five minutes, when two pretty little girls came over to say hello to the prince and his goat. Not long after that, the freckled-face little girl at the stock trailer next door caught his attention. So, by the time the show got started, he may have been a bit tired and distracted from the morning's activities.

I'm linking to I'm Lovin' It, Friday Favorites, and Feature Yourself Friday.

The grass is green. It's good to be The Cow Queen.

date Friday, April 23, 2010

7 comments to “Family Tradition”

  1. Ebuck
    April 24, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Isn't that how I won all those Grand Champion trophies? Distract the boys so they don't remember what to do?

    I'm pretty sure I used some cuteness to sell my pig, too.

    Thanks for copyrighting my photo.

  1. Queen Beverly
    April 24, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    Absolutely! It's a family tradition! ;)

  1. Christen
    April 24, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Awww! He looks like he did a great job!

  1. Kris
    April 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    What a great tradition! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    We had a goat once, she was a bit of a trouble maker but a lot of fun to watch. She thought she was a member of the family.

  1. Anonymous
    April 24, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    He looks just like his daddy. :P

  1. Jerri
    April 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Cute post! Thanks for sharing your post for Friday Favorites!

  1. Beth in NC
    June 27, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    That is so precious! We really want our daughter to be in 4H, but unfortunately, we are part of a dying breed around here. Development has surrounded our farm.

    Love the pictures!

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