Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Scenes At Monterey Fair

Fake rock climbing.

Bungee jumping.

Food, tasty but junky.

More food.

Restrooms are important after all the food consumption.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Summer Or Winter?

Can anyone imagine that this is August in CA? It's so cold in Monterey in the morning that it might as well be winter in New England.

Another "winter" scene of August in CA.

All are feeling better and happy in the afternoon but still long sleeves are needed.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Close Encounters Of The Angora Kind

"What is that? A Dog????" is usually the first question out of fair goers' mouth. The next question would be, "Where is the head?"

"I have never seen a rabbit like that!"

"You made these yarn and sacarves from your rabbits?" "How do you do that?" "How do you get their hair off?" "Do you shave them?" "Do you have to kill them?"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Swanka Wins Specialty Best In Show

Swanka wins all breed BIS in show B and specialty BIS in the NCAG show.

Judge Chris judges French Angora during the NCAG specialty show, Gabrielle records the results.

Judge Chris answers questions from across the judging table.

NCAG sponsored a specialty show in conjunction with the Monterey Fair double open shows. Judge Chris did the judging during the open show lunch break. Angora exhibitors are known for being promptly getting on and off the judging table; judge Chris completed the show when the open show resumed.

Betty's English Angora white senior doe Chu's Swanka took the specialty Best In Show.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Swanka Wins All Breed Best In Show

Left to right, Betty with BIS winner English Angora white doe, judge Carol and Julie with RIS winner Havana.

Judge Carol examines the body of the French Angora during the BIS judging.

If the people in the pictures look familiar, it's because the two same exhibitors won Best In Show and Reserve In Show in Monterey Fair show B. Judge Carol and judge Ray picked different rabbits in the same breeds as the top winners.

Betty's BIS winner is Chu's Swanka, littermate sister to Chu's Susie, the BIS winner in show A. They are two peas in the same pod, Betty could not even tell them apart when they are on the judging table. Julie's RIS winner is also different from the RIS winner in show A, but same Havana breed and same color. It indicates that both exhibitors have consistent quality in their herds.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Susie Wins All Breed Best In Show

Left to right: Betty with BIS winner English Angora Susie, judge Ray and Julie with RIS winner Havana.

Ray took the Havana and American Fuzzy Lop in and out several times. It appears that he likes the Fuzzy Lop a lot.

Ashley is working on her judge's license under Ray.

Ashley places the colored English Angora under Ray's supervision. Ashley's mom Jennifer helps to write; Jennifer is a long time ARBA judge.

Monterey County Fair for the first time holds double open and double youth shows. The youth shows were completed on Friday and the open shows were held on Sunday.

In show A Betty's English Angora white senior doe Chu's Susie took all breed Best In Show; Julie S. wins Reserve In Show with her beautiful Havana.

CA has a lot of shows and also has a lot of resident ARBA judges. It probably won't take too long from having another young judge. Ashley G. is in the process of working under 8 judges as a part of her requirement to becoming an ARBA judge. Ashley's mom Jennifer is a long time ARBA judge; there will be another mother/daughter team pretty soon.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pretty In Yellow

Sunflower yellow is bright and explosive, just like the sun.

This beautiful sunflower plant has a very humble beginning: it came with the bunny poops.

Zucchini is a very easy veggie plant, the flower is still pretty in yellow.

When the yellow flower drops off, the Zucchini is ready for the dinner table.