Well, the experts at Millennium Barn at the Orange County Fair do,
but they've put up a big, unfolding display of Cow Facts at the
entrance to Millennium Barn to teach everyone else.
''It's not so much a working barn as someone would typically think
of as a barn,'' said Joan Hamill, director of exhibits, referring to
how the barn doesn't house tons of animals. ''It's more
The open barn that is part of Centennial Farm hasn't changed much
since last year. When it comes to programming centered around the
farm and the livestock area, fair officials say they try to keep the
A few horses do dwell here, as do cows when they're brought in for
milking demonstrations, but most abundant in the area are displays
having to do with everything from cows to water.
The unfolding wall of cow facts is accompanied by a similar chart
chronicling the history of agricultural water development, California
water development and an explanation of how much water is used for
environmental and other purposes.
Kids, and adults for that matter, can draw pictures of cows in one
section and a water-related animal in another. One visitor from
Monday morning drew a cow with udders, a tail and a thought bubble
Experts at Millennium Barn also lead cow-milking demonstrations
with a milking machine four times a day.
''They're a huge draw,'' Hamill said. ''I think it has to do with
this [being] an urban area environment now. Most people don't have a
dairy farm nearby, and they're here at the fair and they want to see
something related to agriculture.''
But dominating the other side of the barn is Genia and Bill
Gardner's Sheepy Hollow exhibit.
Everything they sell and show, from the wooden dolls to the
clothes, is handmade and having to do with wool or something else
''See that dirty wool right there?'' asked Bill Gardner, pointing
to a heap of course looking cotton. ''That goes through that machine
right there. It is absolutely from sheep to shawl.''
The couple, based in Arizona, have been a part of Millennium Barn
for six years. They say their purpose is less to sell than to teach.
''What we come to do is show people how clothing is made and
things like that,'' Genia Gardner said.