Oct 18, 2012

mutton bustin’ at the national fair 2012

My Allison was at it again this year!

This time? She made it a whole 4 seconds on that sheep!

I know she’s going to be so sad next year when she’s too old to compete.

But this year?

She went out with a bang.

I don’t have any shots of her riding because this momma put the camera down and started cheering.

(Let me add this little tidbit….how nice is it that the Mutton Bustin’ People schedule that thing right during the Golden Hour?! I mean…do they KNOW how lovely that light is? It was just so hazy and golden-y and yummy. I just wanted to eat it. And although Allison hates having her picture taken? I love when she cooperates…especially on evenings with lovely light. Her eyes go from green to blue just with a turn of the head. Ahhh….. Thank you Mutton Bustin’ Scheduling Gurus. Thank you.)

Before and after the mutton bustin’ we did the usual fair things….

Bought some armbands and rode our hineys off on those fun fair rides.

There was a point in there when I honestly thought I was going to die.


Emily the Fearless talked me into this one ride and I now know what the phrase “see your life flash before your eyes” means.

Dear Lord.

I just pictured myself flinging off of that super fast-spin-you-at-a-ninety-degree-angle ride and thinking…

“will anyone care that I died at the fair while Some Nights by Fun is blaring loudly?”

Will they?


Dude. ย That was absolutely the last ride I strutted my big, bad self onto that night….

The midway ain’t for sissies, y’all.


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  1. Adele Humphries says:

    These are so awesome melissa!! What a fantastic experience! The colour of allison’s eyes in the first shot – so so beautiful! Love her determined attitude. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nina says:

    This looks like so much fun. You are totally right — the light is awesome! Beautifully captured, Melissa. I love the way you captured the little details as well as the wides. I would have been screaming super loud for Allison too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Christy says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos! I absoulutely adore that first shot of Allison! What gorgeous eyes she has! I don’t do most fair rides! Absolutely, positively, 100% TERRIFIED of heights! But I got on the agrilift! And just so you know…it looks a lot higher from the air than it does from the ground. As we were cruising along up there, Jesse looks up at the cable, and says, “Mommy, what would happen if that rope broke?” Ummmm, let’s not talk about that! LOL Also, what are the ages for mutton bustin and how do you register? I think my Jesse would like that if he’s not too old. I know both my boys would love to go see it!

  4. Tracy says:

    These seriously make me squeal!! Love them all. Goodness! I need you to teach me your mad camera skills. And your daughter is so stunningly beautiful. Always wished I had freckles when I was younger. So sweet and beautiful captures!

  5. susan says:

    So glad you survived to post these great pics! Couldn’t even pick just a few to tell you which ones I love because I love them all!

  6. Lacey says:

    These are AMAZING, Melissa! The light is lovely and I always really enjoy your use of DOF. Seriously awesome.

  7. Narelle says:

    These are so awesome(and your commentary always makes me smile)! Although I am inspired, I need to stop looking at your blog when editing my own shots as I go back to mine and just think “BLAH”. You are seriously amazing.

  8. Hi Melissa. I clicked over to your blog from the Clickin Moms forum and I just love your pictures of the fair. I’m actually hoping my girls will someday be brave enough for the mutton bustin’. Anyway, just wanted to stop in and say Hi.