The typical Wyoming ranch is a family affair. It’s survival depends on all family members uniting for the common cause of making a living off the land. Preceding generations pass to their descendants the love and respect for the land and the care of the animals stocked on that land to harvest the grass.
Intermingled with the hard work, families also find the time to play together. The highlight of the year is the local county fair where 4-H and FFA members show the results of their annual labors. This usually takes place in July and early August.
Activities for kids as young as 3-years-old are planned as a precursor to the big show ring.
Motherless bottle calves are shown by their little caretakers who have had the responsibility of feeding them twice daily. If a child doesn’t have access to a big critter, the Pet Show allows him a place to participate. PeeWee Rodeos mimic some of the events of the real thing from the backs of snortin’ stick horses. At the sidelines, the entire family is cheering for the youngest members instilling in them a sense of value and worth that remains with them to adulthood.
A ranch is a wonderful place to grow up!
From RealRancher Donita Graves, Wheatland, Wyo.