5th generation ranchers prepare for Douglas County Fair
DAYS CREEK, Ore. - Summer break usually means a time for kids to relax and hang out with friends, but the Michaels sisters average 25 to 30 hours a week working on the ranch.
"Well with our pigs you have to feed them morning and night, make sure they're cool during the day, especially on the hot days, and then you have to clip them right before fair," said Sarah Michaels.
Moriah, Sarah and Katelyn are fifth generation ranchers. They say preparing for the Douglas County Fair is the busiest time of the year.
"The hustle and bustle," Katelyn said. "I like going and getting things done, and the first day of fair is always fun, and your first day of showing and getting everything ready."
What's the best part?
"Washing the pigs," said 12-year-old Moriah. "It's fun! They squeal and get you wet on hot days."
All of their hard work leads up to the auction.
"The second day is showmanship on how well you and your animal interact in the show ring," Katelyn said, "and Friday is the auction and you get ready, meet with buyers during the day. They'll be walking around and talking to you."