[Deer Lake, NL] — A little clip here, a little hairspray there and Bella is ready to step onto the stage to go for the glory.
© (Photo: Paul Hutchings/Western Star)
Six-year-old Sarah Spears of Cormack prepares her cow, Meredith, for showing during the Humber Valley Agricultural, Home and Handicraft Exhibition in Deer Lake on Sept. 21.
No, Bella is not a Miss Canada pageant contestant, she’s a cow from Cormack (Newfoundland & Labrador) and she made her debut here at the 45th annual Humber Valley Agricultural, Home and Handicraft Exhibition over the weekend (Sept. 21).
She was one of many cows, big and little, competing for a ribbon by walking up and down on straw, showing their good looks and how well they behave for the judges.
“It’s a lot of fun and it’s a lot of work,” said Bella’s owner, eleven-year-old Elizabeth Spears of Cormack. “We have to brush the cows, clip their hair and wash them, there’s a lot to it.”
As for behaviour, Elizabeth said some cows are easy to handle, others not so much. The rules state she has to be able to control her cow well enough to allow judging to take place. Fortunately for Elizabeth, Bella seems fairly easy-going, but others take some work.
Getting those cows ready takes time and patience. And equipment, as a quick look around the facility showed more than a few owners preparing the animals using hairspray, brushes and hair dryers.
“It’s like a beauty contest for cows,” said 11-year-old Samaya Noble of Cormack, whose calf Quasi was slated to walk the straw carpet later Saturday. “I love teaching the animals how to do things and I don’t have a pet, so for me this is just a lot of fun.”
The fair also included the usual array of animal displays of chickens, pigs and goats, vegetable displays and several agriculture-based businesses, as well as craft displays.
The weekend fair wrapped up Saturday afternoon (Sept. 21).