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A visit to a Banner County farm

September 25, 2011

On September 10, Bugman and I drove south on 71 into Banner County a ways, then turned towards the setting sun and drove 15 miles down a gravel road.

Our destination: Camp Grace, on the Whelchel family farm.

I wrote about the camp for the Star Herald. You can read that article here. The title of the article describes what the once-a-month youth summer camp is: “therapy disguised as fun.”

I think the Whelchels and the Camp Grace board of directors have a great thing going, which is the reason we drove out there that September evening to attend a fundraiser BBQ dinner and barn dance.

Part of the fun of going there is that the place is so remote. Also, there are farm animals.

There were a couple of pigs:

And chickens:

The chickens were in their coop, ready to roost for the night.

And horses, cows and calves in a pasture under the rising moon:

This horse was ready for a close-up glamor shot.


This goat seemed rather fond of Bugman. (Tall goat!)

A barn cat took a shine to Bugman, too. (The animals have good taste.)

This burro was not so fond of the cat.

In the safety of an adjoining corral, the cat perched on the edge of a horse trough and took a drink.

Despite all the activity of guests coming and going from the farm, of the silent auction, the BBQ dinner and the bounce house, Dave and Laura managed to sneak in a dance in their barn.

Dave's in the cowboy hat. Laura's wearing purple.

Thanks, Dave and Laura, for all that you do.

Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw

2 Comments leave one →
  1. suemommy permalink
    September 26, 2011 6:04 am

    How wonderful! I almost expected the animals to be dancing in the barn too!

  2. September 26, 2011 8:24 am


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