Oct 11, 2019 by



A couple of weeks ago I took my friend to the Ilderton Fall Fair. It had been several years since I last went, and my friend had never been, so it was a fun time, though it was a lot of walking when my hip/back was kicking up a fuss. I had to use my cane to make sure I made it all around the exhibits. But it was worth it.

Country fairs are interesting because of all of the produce and craft competitions. I saw soybeans on their stalks for the first time. I had no idea the pods were hairy. Some of the produce was huge, such as the pumpkins and zucchini squash. It was great to see the creativity in the children’s crafts and the talents in the adult knitting, quilting and sewing projects. A lot of work goes into producing this beautiful work to enter into the competition. There are many very talented people in this world, and it was lovely to be able to see such a great display. Here are some of the photos I took.

There were some fun displays with scarecrows and decorated pumpkins.

There were some beautiful horses on the grounds though we didn’t see any of the shows in the agricultural building.

The most interesting, or should I say fascinating, part of the afternoon was the demonstration with the birds of prey. It is quite something to have a bald eagle right in front of you, or a hawk flying over you within inches of your head. Here are some of the shots I took. If you want to learn more about these and other birds of prey, go to the Canadian Raptor Conservancy web site to see where these birds come from.

Above is the Great Horned Owl


Eastern Screech Owl

And last, but by no means least, the beautiful and majestic Bald Eagle.


There were many booths there where you could buy anything from Watkins products to fudge to windows to hand-knitted hats, jewelry and many other items. The arena was filled with so much to see. I didn’t think to take any photos in that building, but I think the photos I have posted are the most interesting.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of the Ilderton Fair. I know we enjoyed seeing it in person. Years ago I used to have a booth at this fair and it was always fun to meet other vendors and all the people visiting. And making money too, of course.

I hope you will forgive the unfinished look to my new web site as it isn’t quite finished yet. But I wanted to start publishing posts here, though my other blog, successbmine, will stay in place.

I want to thank you for taking time to stop by to read my post and check out my photos. Please leave a comment before you go. I love it when you share your thoughts with me. Until I can get a few things sorted out on this site, I will probably start new posts on my other site and redirect you here. Thank you for your patience. Have a wonderful day and, if you are in Canada, a great Thanksgiving weekend. God bless.



  1. You are an amazing photographer. Those shots are terrific – especially the bald eagle.
    Great post,

    • Thank you Jan. It was quite a challenge at times to get those photos because she was moving back and forward quickly so all of the audience could see the birds. Some are a little blurry. But the bald eagle was quite cooperative.
      God bless. And Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Laura C.

    Good pictures, Diane! The eagle looks angry.

    • Thanks Laura. Glad you enjoyed them. Yes, eagles look angry. The lady explained that it’s something to do with the dark shading of feathers. I think it works something like the dark stuff football players put under their eyes. Something to do with light reflection maybe. I wish I could remember her explanation.

  3. Fairs are always fun. The eagles would have been my favorite too.

    • Thank you for taking time to comment Beverly. Yes, fairs are fun. I hadn’t been for a couple of years to this particular one and it was a great day.

  4. Awesome post Diane. You are such an Amazing photographer. Thank you for sharing with us.
    God Bless You.

  5. I love Birds of Prey exhibits and showings. I’m quite obsessed with owls so seeing your pictures was a treat today! Great Horned Owls are in Alberta too, however the Barred Owl is very popular here, and the other day my friend sent me a shot of the Great Grey Owl on his property. Pray I see an owl in the wild soon! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I enjoyed reading and looking at all the photos, especially of the magnificent eagle!
    Fairs are always enjoyable as there seems to be something for everyone to see and do.

    • So glad you enjoyed the pictures Leona. Yes, fall fairs can be a lot of fun, though tiring if they are big ones. This is one of my favorites and it’s only a 20 minute or so drive from home. We have a big fair here, but it’s a lot of money to get in and I don’t enjoy it nearly as well as the country fairs. Thanks for visiting. God bless.

  7. I so loved your photos, Diane, especially of the birds of prey. Several years ago, we took our granddaughter to a raptor show, and she loved every moment of it, as did we. Do we need to subscribe to this new blog in order to stay in touch with you? I’m sure you’ll let us know.

    • Glad you enjoyed them Martha. I appreciate you taking time to comment. I still haven’t figured out how to get a follow button on here, but will let you know when I do. Thank you. God bless.

  8. Your website has a lovely classic and clean look Diane, I hope the transition all goes smoothly. I’m accessing it on my cell phone which makes it’s quite small to view, I guess it would be easier on a laptop. That fall fair sounds like great fun, we have agricultural shows in Ireland in the summer which I think are similar. I always love looking at all the livestock and hand crafts. What did you have in your stall? Love your photos, that bald eagle is magnificent!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Liberty. I’m so sorry I didn’t respond to your comment before now, but I wasn’t aware that it was here. Then my computer was down for a couple of months and I had a lot to catch up on after that. I’m so glad you enjoyed the photo tour of the fair. I didn’t have a stall there, just wandered around with my friend to see everything there was to see. I used to have a booth there years ago when I was doing crafts and when I was selling products from network marketing companies, but I haven’t done that for a long time. Yes, that eagle is something else. I have seen that show at another fair a few years back and took pictures there, but I wanted fresh photos and hopefully better ones. God bless you.

  9. Bett Harris

    Hey Diane, wow such beautiful pictures! Good for you for keeping active despite pain and limitations. I admire your commitment to getting out and experiencing life. God bless and keep on writing.

    • Thank you so much Bett. I apologize for being so long in responding to your comment, but I didn’t know it was here. Then my computer was down for a couple of months and after that I was working on all the projects I should have been doing when I couldn’t do them. Actually some of those projects were supposed to be Christmas gifts. So much for that. But I did eventually get them finished. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. God bless.

  10. Nice to see the website shaping up. Fabulous photos!

    • Thanks Chuck. And thanks for alerting me that these comments were here. This wasn’t long before my computer was down, and I haven’t been here since. Glad you enjoyed the photos. God bless.

  11. Hello, Diane. Thank you so much for these amazing photographs. Thank you also for the narratives that describe the awe-inspiring crafts rendered by gifted hands and the image of the bald eagle in its fierce yet majestic countenance reflects well as a national emblem.

    May you be blessed in all that you do.

    • Hi KiKi. So glad you took time to stop by. I’m sorry for the long delay in replying. I didn’t know there were comments waiting, then in the fall my computer was down for about 2 months so I couldn’t do a thing. After that I was a long time trying to catch up with everything I should have been doing during those 2 months. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. God bless.

  12. Beautiful photos! Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Jerry. Chuck just told me there were all these messages here for me so now I’m trying to catch up. I appreciate your visit. God bless.

  13. Yes, the photos are beautiful, well positioned and the color and light perfect! Those birds of prey are beautiful, but the horses will always tug at my heartstrings first.

    I sure wish my vegetables would grow that luxuriously, but as long as they are edible, I’m content.

    Love the new site Diane.

    • Thank you so much, Diane. Sorry I only found this comment tonight. Actually someone who has been working on my site tonight told me about a whole list of them, so here I am trying to catch up. Glad you enjoyed my photos. I love those horses too. Those veggies do look delicious don’t they?

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