This year's Vermont State Fair in Rutland broke attendance records and it's easy to see why-our state fair is the best entertainment and fun value around. There was something for every age at the fair. This year's fair featured several free shows including a new show called Cousin Grumpy and the Pork Chop Revue. Each show ran 25 minutes, three times a day until the fair eneded Sept. 12.
Les Kimes, also known as Cousin Grumpy, performed with seven pigs ranging from five to 750 pounds. Kimes has many different kinds of pigs in his show including a pot belly, a wild Russian boar, and a piglet that will be pushed around in a baby carriage. This hilarious show is for the entire family and is a cross between an agility trial and "Hee Haw".
Kime's father started the show in 1956 and included a o-year-old Les Kime beginning in 1966. Today, a 50-year-old Les tours all over the United States having performed in every state but Alaska at venues such as fairs, sports events, and even on network television.
Did you know that pigs are one of the smartest animals on this planet, and that they don't have sweat glands? These and other interesting facts get thrown into the mix of each show making it not just entertaining and completely adorable, but educational.
After checking out the pigs, audiences trotted over to "Horses, Horses, Horses", an amazing demonstration of horsemanship run by equine professional Lisa Dufresne.
Dufresne has been working with horses for 30 years and been doing the fair circuit for the last nine. Her show features three large horses, a 30-year-old Friesian thoroughbred, a 15-year-old Portuguese Lusitano, and a 10-year-old Arabian rescue, as well as eight miniature horses-all stallions.
Rutland audiences of all ages were entertained with the 30 minute shows that contained comedy, fun, and liberty acts including a bit where six miniature horses perform in a choreographed exhibition featuring spins, turns, tricks, and dancing while garbed in matching harnesses.
The show must go on, so Kimes and Dufresne have taken their critters on the road to the last few remaining post Labor Day fairs ont he East Coast. We hope to see their amazing animals perform again at next year's Vermont State Fair.