Fun Utah Facts

The name Utah comes from the Native American Ute Tribe and means people of the mountain. Utah has five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef. Utah has seven national monuments: Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep. Utah has six national forests: Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-Lasal, Uinta, and Wasatch-Cache. Utah has two national recreational areas: Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon. Utah covers 84,900 square miles of land and is ranked 11th largest state. The Great Salt Lake, which is about 75 miles long and 35 miles wide, covers more than a million acres. Of the 50 states, Utah has the youngest population; one of the highest birth rates; the second lowest death rate; the heathiest population; the hightest literacy rate; the highest percent of high school graduates; and the highest number of people with a college education.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Little Buckaroo Mutton Buster

It was sooo cute to watch the kids ride the sheep.
Some were so little and all very brave ! Our Eli
did-not even hesitate. He hung out in the corrals
sittin on top of the fence so he had a front seat
and watched as some of the kids just didn't want
to do it. I understand !

When his time came, he just climbed right on. They
gave him his choice of sitting forward or backwards
and his choice was backwards, it did seem the back -
wards kids were doing a little better at "hangin on".

Slap the sheep and off he went. The crowd CHEERS !
Down he goes ! The announcer says, give that kid a
hand, what a hot dog ! Look at that smile ! Eli
was just one big happy smile walking back to dad.
He got alot of high fives and good job pats on the
way. He had fun and he was proud.

I soon found that he had been stepped on by that
"big old mean wool ball" and his new fair shirt
had a big rip down the shoulder/back side. I walked
him to the trooper to change his shirt and apply
Triple Antibiotic plus pain relief to his hoof scrape
welt. His smile was fading as he looks at me and say's,
mom, I should have known better - now i'm going to die.
I just busted out laughing and said "no one is going to
die (his welt scrape must have been stinging some). He
never cried over it and his new shirt and smile were
back on in time for the goat ribbon pull. He asks every
day if it's time to do it again.

The Duchesne County Fair had something for everyone. It
was a great week, the events were so much fun and the
people friendly and nice. I entered 6 digital photos
and won 6 first place blue ribbons. I can't wait til
next year either.

I loaded pictures in backwards of course !