Northern California Angora Guild

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

California State Fair - Part 4 Food and Drink


A fair can't be a fair if you don't try some greasy oily deep fry veggies.

Fried Zucchini with buttermilk ranch dressing, yummy.

Cinnamon rolls after deep fry, weight buster!


Add some more cotton candy, it'll take quite a while to recover.

The wine garden gives some quiet and shaded pleasure.

These are the vines that produce grapes...

and more vines...


and the wine.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

California State Fair - Part 3 Farm Exhibits

Fairs stated when the agriculture was the way of life in the old days.  It's a place for the farmers to exhibit their harvest and accomplishments.    Needless to say that the farm exhibit is a major part of the California State Fair.

Butte County shows off their major products.

Who can resist beautiful flowers.

Yolo County is still quite rural.


Solano County is now quite developed, farming is only a small part of the activities in the county.


Sonoma County is a mix of cities and some agricultural use.

It's a beautiful display of plants, flowers and a gazebo.

Carolyn poses as a butterfly in the farm.

Tree ripe fruits, the best.

Apples and Lemon, popular fruits.

The Japanese egg plants are relatively new in this country.


corn is the main crop all over the country.


Monday, July 24, 2017

California State Fair - Part 2 Small Animals

The small animals program at the California State Fair is "Fur and Feathers".  The animals included are listed on the sign.  If you wish to read it in larger prints, click this image.

"Fur and Feathers" is a term used in UK, all the rabbit competition are combined with poultry and other fowls.

Rabbits are in the display cages.  Judging from the condition, these cages probably have a long history at the fair. 

"Meat Pen" or "Doe and Litters" classes usually have more than one rabbit in each coop.

A Lop in Harlequin color?   Not sure whether this is an accepted color in the Lop Color Guide.

There isn't any Angora in the show.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster.   On the lower left side, the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals are listed: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Hog.

A human size chicken statue.

A sign welcome fair goers coming into the chicken area.

Here is a majestic looking real rooster.

And cute baby chicks.

It's not exactly a chicken but satisfies the "feather" part of "Fur and Feathers". 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Carolyn Goes to the California State Fair - Part 1

It's time of the California State Fair at Sacramento.

Carolyn and hubby took a whole day to explore the fair.

California is such a great state that there are so much to be explored.

Carolyn is interested in all sorts of crafts, so we'll start at the craft building.  

There are signs explaining the hand crafts division.

The painted box, the quilts, the shawls, ... beautiful.

Crochet crafts.


These shawls are absolutely gorgeous.


Knitted and crocheted items, woodworking, painted art, quilts, and even a stuff lobster, crafters are full of imagination.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

District 2 Director Ballot


The district 2 election ballots are mailed to ARBA members.   We all should have our ballots in hand.   We are very fortunate to have two wonderful candidates for our district: Ray Stacy and Melissa Magee.  Both are great judges, both are wonderful human being and both do good work.   No matter which one gets elected, we will be well represented.

Regardless which one of these two wonderful candidate is your choice, make sure you vote; send in your ballot as soon as you make up your mind. 

Melissa Magee.


Ray Stacy.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Specialty Show Angora Judging at Watsonville

NCAG specialty judge is Chris Zemny of CA.


The Giant Angora are on the table.

Judge Chris comments that she does not see Giant Angora often.


Judge Chris finds it interesting to examine a Giant Angora.


The specialty Best In Show goes to Betty's English Angora fawn senior doe Chu's Fawnalisa.

For a complete list of Angora results, go to:


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Show B Angora Judging at Watsonville

Show B Angora judge is Allen Mesick of CA.  He has a "Judge's Assist" working with him.  On the table are English Angora, the three next to each other are colored senior bucks.


Working with judge Allen is Daniel Saunier of OH.  He is working for his judge's license.


Judge Allen puts the English Angora wool in front of a manila envelope to show the fine points of crimp to Daniel. 


The three English Angora colored senior does are very similar, it took judge Allen and Daniel quite while to go through all the important points of the wool structure to place them.  Watching the two gentlemen working is Catelyn who is the table clerk.


Daniel is blowing into the two colored senior does to understand the wool.


Daniel is checking the French Angora on the table, Catelyn watching.

Judge Allen and Daniel working on the French Angora.


The first place French Angora colored senior doe goes to the broken chestnut doe.

For a complete list of Angora results: