Voorschotense Farm Fair 2013
I started to develop a great interest on farm life ever since an Aussie exchange-student, Tim shown us a video recording his typical day in his family's farm in Australia years back.
I was super excited when I spotted this hand-drawn wooden-plate advertising the "Voorschotense Farm Fair 9-Juni 2013" a month ago on my way to Harlem in the train. I quickly marked down the date. This is indeed a highly anticipated farm fair for me, perhaps my very first farm fair in Europe.
Voorschotense Farm is located merely 11 minutes by train from the Hague Central station. Situated strategically next to the Voorschoten train station, the farm fair had indeed drawn a lot of crowds. Just like a mini fiesta, people from all walks of life, young and old gathered here to have fun.
Besides the breathtaking scenes of cattle, sheep and horses munching green on the vast lawn, there were so much to explore in this farm fair.
The demonstration of the trained sheepdogs guiding the sheep home. These sheepdogs are so intelligent where they follow the instructions from their master carefully. There were 3 sheepdogs on 'shift' and each of them waited eagerly for their turns to get into the field. These dogs were indeed very energetic!
The live show of pony pulling the carriage. These ponies are indeed very strong where they can pull a heavy carriage of a weight of an adult and a kid.
Special patting zone was set up for tamed farm animals such as lamb, ponies and piggy. These farm animals were so tamed and you can touch them freely without fear. Check out how fascinated the kids were with these farm animals.
As far as I know, piggy bites but not for this fat piggy. This piggy just sat quietly in its defined wired enclosure and welcome warmth pats from the kids.
There were also quite a number of outdoor farm-like activities for kids which were not usually available for city dwellers. For a minimum fee of an Euro, kids can enjoy fishing or kayaking at the nearby canals.
I personal like this a lot, the dried-hay slide. With some creative twists, the dried-hay can be turned into a simple playground slide for the kids, plus it was 100% natural!
I had so much fun in the farm fair. I hope to return for the fifth edition of Voorschotense Farm Fair next summer, provided I am still around in the Netherlands!