Wednesday, January 19, 2011

April Farmer Fred Award-Antlers & Decorating

The April Farmer Fred Award runner-up is:

 Stetson Hats
You can visit the post by clicking on the title.

For Farmer Fred, these two April posts are a toss up. It was the most difficult decision of any month this year. He likes the posts for very different reasons. Stetsons are a sentimental part of his personal history as well as the history of the West and GriggsDakota. The April winner was chosen because it illuminates a real problem on our farm in a humorous way. The cost of this problem is a significant budget item every season. Tires are usually severely damaged or ruined by antlers and although many antlers are picked up and sold or used, it is impossible to find them all. Machinery tires are expensive and vulnerable. It is something of which many wildlife enthusiasts are unaware. Please comment and let us know what you think. Do you agree with his choices or is there another post from April that you prefer?

The April Farmer Fred Award is presented to:
Antlers and Decorating which was originally published on April 29, 2010.

In Beauty and the Beast, the Disney movie, there is a song about the man Gaston with these words:
No one shoots like Gaston
Makes those beauts like Gaston
Then goes tromping around wearing boots like Gaston.
"I use antlers in all of my decorating!"
Say it again
Who's a man among men?
And then say it once more
Who's the hero next door? 
Who's a super success? 
Don't you know? Can't you guess?
As his fans and his five hangers-on
There's just one guy in town who's got all of it down
And his name is Gaston!

Now it seems to me that there are quite a few similarities between Farmer Fred and Gaston. Like Gaston, Farmer Fred loves to shoot and wear boots. He has had success and fans and has five hangers on. Count them: wife, two daughters, two sons. Total five.
I believe if left on his own, Farmer Fred might use antlers in all of his decorating, too. I know last Christmas these white tail deer sheds were laced with fresh spruce branches and really captured the spirit of the season in GriggsDakota.
Farmer Fred has his own special way of collecting these antlers.
He finds them in his tractor tires.
This one appears to have just pierced the tread before he noticed it and may not have ruined the tire. Lucky this time.
So he pulls it out.
And believes the tire is OK.
Just like Gaston, Farmer Fred is quite a decorator.

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