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Pony Pull

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DSCN2211eIt’s that time of year for county fairs, and our Pierce County Fair is this weekend. My 77-year-old neighbor across the street invited me to join him to watch the free pony pull on Wednesday evening, the night before the fair officially opened. How could I resist?

Cyndie and I completely missed the fair last year, and hadn’t even been on the grounds yet, though we drive past them every time we go to Ellsworth, which is about 5-minutes from our house. I was happy to have the opportunity to preview the layout of the fair grounds and see how the entrance is set up and where the parking is.

The place was buzzing with energy as vendors all scrambled to get set up and decorated for opening day. I saw three separate buildings just for churches to sell their burgers, soups, pies, cookies, and other baked goods. I wonder if they offer any hotdish.

I found the petting zoo and the pony rides, and walked around carnival workers putting pots of flowers around a ride to make the deadly thing look pretty.

The pony pull was something I had never before witnessed. I don’t know if these folks train their horses just for this type of event, or if these are work horses that get a few weekends of competition for variety. The horses seem to know the drill, being all too eager to launch with all their might, whether or not the driver is ready and the handlers have successfully dropped the hook to catch the sled. More than once, the driver had to take the team around and circle back for another try. When they launch into pulling, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

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If I had been betting on it, I would have lost money. Some unlikely looking teams proved to have better combined power than a few pairs that looked great, but failed to coordinate their initial lurch, which makes all the difference. It’s definitely a team sport.

We are planning to get the full experience tomorrow. I think there might be some church food in my future…

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Written by johnwhays

August 8, 2014 at 6:00 am