Down home on the farm…

For many of us, Western Fair has been an annual essential in London, ON. Everyone has their favourite part: maybe it’s the rides, maybe you go for the food, maybe the music, maybe you go for the sheer nostalgia of it all.

All of that’s fine and great of course, but what are we missing? The animals!

These little (or gigantic) guys can bring a smile to even the hardest stone face. You may leave with a hint of barnyard in your nostrils but that makes the experience even more authentic.

So, in case you need a little encouragement to get on down to Western Fair, or you simply need a late afternoon pick-me-up, here are some of the very cutest rascals at this year’s festivities.

Here we go…

You’re greeted by John Deer and autumn leaves as you enter animal town, the perfect scene has been set.

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The cuteness begins. Photo by Nicki Borland

Just around the bend, you’ll find a barnyard animal kingdom fit for a Disney Pixar movie plot line. Who’s there? Let’s find out…

1 – Cows. Lots of beautiful, big-eyed cows.

Delightful.

These mammoth teddy bears make you swoon. They’re calm, they lumber about, and they almost never look up from the hay they’re chowing down on.

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Look at that beauty. Photo by Nicki Borland

Together with the cuteness, the bovine display also has an educational component. The pens are adorned with large cards that state facts about each breed featured and what they’re used for.

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Chomp, chomp, chomp. Photo by Nicki Borland
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No rest for the hungry. Photo by Nicki Borland

Did you know beef cattle are used for far more than BBQ fare? Other products made from beef cattle by-products include: toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, wallpaper, photographic film, hand soap, and more?

I must say, I did not.

2 – Goats! I tried to take one home.

If there ever existed an animal that could win every heart, it certainly is a goat. I can’t get enough of these little guys. Their playfulness definitely steals the show every time.

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“I know how cute I am.” Photo by Nicki Borland

What’s even better, they’re not behind fencing. You can walk right up to them, pet them, play with them, and fawn over them.

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The princess. Photo by Nicki Borland

Subtle glimpses, gentle nuzzles. These two kids had everyone eating out of the palm of their hands (or quite literally, vice versa).

Who else wants one now?

3 – Sheep, sheep, sheep.

Try not to get very sleepy while looking at the adorable ovines. A freshly shorn sheep is a shear delight to see! (get it?)

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This little guy won my heart, immediately! Photo by Nicki Borland

Did you know there are 52 different types of sheep in Canada? From there they’re placed within four different groups:

Maternal, those who have a particular knack for raising lambs.

Prolific, who are capable of giving birth to multiple lambs at one time.

Paternal, those who are known for their meat producing ways.

Lastly, Milking, which is pretty self-explanatory.

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Sheep as far as the eye can see! Photo by Nicki Borland

Want to know more or just gawk at these delightful creatures? Better get yourself to the Fair, pronto.

4 – Alpacas, yes please!

Once you see them, you’ll never want to leave. These little cuties were melting hearts left and right. If you go, leave yourself some extra time because you will indeed spend it all right here.

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The cutest couple that has ever existed. Photo by Nicki Borland

Cute, quick facts: Alpaca fibre is wax (lanolin) free so people with particularly sensitive skin can use it as a substitute. What’s even cooler is that their coats are very strong and naturally water resistant so if the Fair gets any rain this year, these little guys will be a-okay.

There’s no way I could choose a favourite even if I had to – they were all a feast for the eyes. But, I highly recommend that you get to the Fair and decide for yourself!

No matter what or who you see, you’ll be very happy you went.

Want more info on Western Fair times and tickets? Click right here!

Feature photo by Nicki Borland

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