The 2006 Country Fair and Crafts Festival was held at Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts on September 30th. and October 1st., 2006. This is an annual event, and as in years past, the Randall Cattle Registry and Association was there. Fair visitors visited with Randall steers "Max" and "Houston", a 4 month old future ox team, and "Sally Ann" and "Coleen", 3 and 4 month old Randall heifers. Cynthia Creech and Dianne and Phil Lang were the human representatives from the Registry.
Saturday featured typical New England fall weather, crisp and dry, but on Sunday it poured for much of the day. Attendance was good despite the weather, and the Round Stone Barn, where the Registry had its display, was a hub of activity. The Hancock Shaker Village 4-H Clubs had numerous animal exhibits in the Round Stone Barn and Dairy Ell, and children's activities, vendors, craftspeople, demonstrations, and exhibits occupied outdoor tents and parts of some of the Village's buildings. Traditional activities such as the Quilt Show and timber framing demonstration were held as usual.
On Saturday afternoon a new event took place in the paddock outside of the Dairy Ell. In a semi-controlled rodeo, a cross-section of the Village's livestock was let out all together to frolic and interact with each other. The audience was not disappointed, and the animals showed their enthusiasm for the idea with little coaxing. See photos below.
Country Fair and Crafts Festival 2006 Hancock Shaker Village
Sept. 30 - Oct.1, 2006
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