The barn really is an octagon and is quite a unique design. They were holding their annual fish fry, to which they expect 1000 people to attend. Tomorrow and Sunday there will be a flee market, with live demonstrations going on in many of the buildings including bread baking, wheat thrashing and straw baling, sawing lumber and a number of other activities. Many homeschoolers go to this event. I had not been to the grounds in several years, so it was wonderful to go again and dig up some memories.
They do keep a few animals in the barn, but I do not believe they live there year around. I think they just bring them in for events. There were a few goats, sheep, one donkey(a very noisy fella), a pig (who took an instant dislike to me for some unknown reason) a cow, and two miniture horses, the foal took a nibble of Lydia's hand!
Below are some photos of the barn and the old fashioned tractors and steam engines that filled the area.
Also one of the cute little sheep and the last picture makes me laugh. Pwease, will you be my friend? :)
I was extremely surprised that he found his way back inside the fence...the likelihood of him finding not one, but two places to squeeze through is a miricle. I really did not expect to find him. I learned today that a man we know who has hunting ground about seven miles away has seen cougers on his trail cam...not sure if it is real or not since I haven't seen the footage, but still...cougers in this area is not a pleasant thought. And even if there aren't really cougers around here, there are coyotes and bobcats...either one would be very happy to catch a young calf...alone and vulnerable.
So Wild Willy is back with his mama and she seems to be taking care of him. I tried to get photos this afternoon, but he is very good at hiding and I couldn't spook him up. Perhaps when he gets a little older and braver he will venture out into the open.
For now, the cow family is all back together :)