I just posted this on my Facebook page:
While her reign has ended, her name is etched forever as Iowa Brown Swiss Princess!
Last night, our daughter’s reign as princess came to an end. It’s a bittersweet ending, because up until Wednesday, she was going to be princess for another year. But, a “late arriving entry” showed up and suddenly, she was not.
We traveled hundreds of miles. We showed during a time where heat indices were 110 degrees. We spent time in a convertible, being the “drivers” for the princess in parades. My wife spent two days, primping and prepping for a state dairy princess contest. We spent time in four different show barns, playing cards, taking naps, drinking gallons of water, eating crappy fair food, prepping, showing, and loving on some of the most gentle animals I’ve ever come across. We talked, we argued, and we grew closer.
We’ll never have an experience like this again. We’ve met some amazing people, and felt part of something bigger, which is a unique experience. Our show experiences ranged from the very regional show to the national show with the country and state fair in there as well. Our heifers placed poorly to start, but by the end, we had a class winner at the state fair, which was the highlight of our season. We traveled to the World Dairy Expo in Madison, which was a unique experience in itself. Our daughter wore her crown proudly, learning more about the dairy industry in a year than she thought possible. She was in the middle of a lot of awesome stuff, much of which she would never have done if the crown wasn’t on her head.
You’d think this was the end, but oh no. We have at least one more summer left. We’ll travel hundreds of miles. We’ll prep and love on some incredible animals, but this time, we’ll do it without being princess.
And this is quite ok.
Today, the outgoing princess and the 2019 princess worked together at the Iowa State Brown Swiss sale, doing their princess duties together. Had I a checkbook, I would have walked out with a couple of heifers. The prices are depressed because the dairy market is depressed. Farmers are leaving in droves because after three, four, five generations, they can’t make a profit anymore. It’s a sad state our dairy market is in. But that’s not the point of this.
A few pictures from the last day:
First, my wife’s cheesecake. It sold for $55 dollars, someone else’s final bid. I felt slightly guilty not buying it, but like my wife said, “What would we do with a full cheesecake?”
Second, a picture of some of rumps who were auctioned off. These are some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. It will make me sad when we finally say, “It’s over.”
And finally, the picture I posted from last night. I love this picture just because that’s what Brown Swiss calves are: silly, loving, and fun creatures!
March 9, 2019 at 10:07 pm
Cow pictures like the one from last night make me smile. I have a friend who have Scottish Highland cattle & when they post their pictures I can’t help but ‘aww’. But when you stated “Farmers are leaving in droves because after three, four, five generations, they can’t make a profit anymore” it broke my heart. While this wasn’t the main point of this Slice I can’t help but hurt for those families. On a positive note your wife’s cheesecake looked spectacular.
March 9, 2019 at 10:51 pm
I am happy that you posted a picture of your wife’s completed cheesecake after the chocolate butterfly picture a few days ago.
March 9, 2019 at 11:24 pm
I really liked this post.. it rekindled my interest in farmhouses, so I google farmhouses in my area..
Congrats on your daughter, and to Mom and Dad for their great commitment to supporting her and helping her create such wonderful memories.
My older was a Citrus Princess down in the Rio Grande Valley almost 40 years ago, and I still haven’t forgotten it.. for her.
Memories built on love for everyone. Thank you for helping me remember!
March 9, 2019 at 11:52 pm
The cheesecake is gorgeous. The glistening nose and lopsided grin is adorable. The memories of a crown experience that is bigger than you is irreplaceable.
March 10, 2019 at 8:26 am
Those butterflies are impressive but so is all that was learned and reflected on. I love the unexpected way we grow, learn, and come together. Those Brown Swiss cows are beautiful. I would like to see one up close.
March 10, 2019 at 9:48 pm
Any county fairs near by? 🙂 Seriously, head to the fair this summer, and I promise, there will be Brown Swiss. When you find them, ask the kid who’s showing her if you can pet her. Ask how old she is, what the best thing about her. Kids love talking about their animals! 🙂
March 10, 2019 at 9:21 am
It took a few lines for me to gather the context for princess, and it made me understand how students must feel when what they know conflicts with the text. As I continued, I felt so glad that I clicked on your #sol19 to visit your part of the country so close to mine but an adventure for this city girl. Much gratitude, and I’d really like to taste that cheesecake.
March 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm
So if you don’t mind my asking, where is your part of the country? 🙂 I drooled as we put the cheesecake together, and it was really, REALLY hard not to bid on it! 🙂
March 10, 2019 at 3:46 pm
Loved this post! Thanks for adding the cool pictures- it’s fun to get a “visual glimpse”.
March 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm
Sometimes, seeing is believing! 🙂
March 13, 2019 at 9:49 am
I have a friend/coworker who is very active in the fairs in Maine. It isn’t anything I grew up knowing or experiencing. It was lovely to read your experience. It makes me understand his passion.
March 13, 2019 at 10:59 am
The whole fair, showing livestock, sleeping in the barn thing catches me off guard at times. I didn’t grow up with this, so to be as up to my eyeball in it as I am is quite scary! What does your friend/coworker do with/for the fairs?
March 13, 2019 at 11:48 am
I know he is on the board for the Maine fairs. I also know he helps with oxen pulling and other events like these.