One photo I did get with my son's iPhone was of an owl they had there. Not too good at using an iPhone camera as I don't have one but what impressed me was I saw my son reach into his pocket and pull out a dollar. Wondered what that was for until I saw the wildlife donation sigh and he quietly slipped a dollar in. Proud of him.
What was going on was a course set up with traffic cones with poles in the cones and a balloon at the end of each stick. When given the signal, a cowboy or cowgirl ( some of the lady rides had the large dresses that covered the back part of the horse, very pretty) The timer started when the rider shot the first balloon. They quickly rode through the cones shooting half the balloons. Then at the other end they wheeled around, put their gun in their holster and pulled out the other gun and headed back shooting on both sides as the rode. NOW for the only time, I wished I had my camera. I got one shot with my son's iPhone camera. Again apologies but that is all I could get.
So as we headed home I decided to come back Saturday and bring my camera. Hey, it was outside the fair so it was free (an important word!!). Already had a full day planned going to the Stagsville Plantation in Durham NC with the Cary Photographic Artists and then with another photographer I gave a ride back to, we headed over to the Duke Homestead and Tobacco Plantation, and then over to Umstead Park to reshoot an image I captured 5 years ago and I wanted to reshoot. (I will post about all this later, The fair was the easiest and time sensitive so I am doing this first). And then to the fairgrounds.
First a tip of the hat and a word of thanks to the NC State Patrol that worked the traffic. Trying to please everybody at the same time. From what I saw they did a good job juggling all the demands.
On the way in got some shots of NCSU where my daughter went. (Son UNC, wife Duke) (Scroll down for the rest of the fair post and the images of Capt America!!)
WHAT!! They aren't doing the rodeo with the shooting tonight!!!! Well, I will watch the horse pull. A horse pull is not as exciting as the rodeo shooting but it was fun to watch for a while. So here are the Horse pull shots.
First, those of you that follow my journeys, you will notice that somewhere I will get a photo of where we were. It really helps. I have a series of photos in the Toccoa Georgia area and I cannot for the life of me remember the town some were taken in.
So here is the sign
Pulling horses are big with big feet. Watch your toes.
AND NOW THE MOMENT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR CAPT AMERICA!!!
TA - DA
Ok, so it not the real Capt America. Did you think I would call the Captain a jackass? Really? The owners were walking him into the stables and I missed the shot but when they saw me with the camera, they turned him around and offered to bring him out. When I saw the Read, White , and Blue, I immediately thought Captain America.
The people there were all super nice.
While we were waiting to the show to start, I just by chance, heard geese honking and fly over. They do this all the timme at home but never when I have my camera in hand. The first four are ok, the others are a little soft but I loved the formation so much I posted them anyways. .
Now for the Horse pull.
The horse pull starts with a sled with 4000 pounds of weight in it. The owners all passed and they added another 1000 pounds for a total of 5000 to start with.
Here they are backing them up to the sled.
Notice the horse are kicking up dirt and are already pulling but the man is still in the path of the sled. He made it out of the way ok.