Show Pants Panic

Life in the Farm Lane

8/11/2014 6:04 AM

If you have ever shown a dairy calf or cow as a 4-H project, there is a simple, hard and fast rule. You must wear white show pants and a white shirt. Not a problem if you are a girl, but with a young boy, it can become a challenge.

If you are not a showman, you probably wonder why it’s required to wear white. In part, its tradition and for many shows it is stated in the rules as the required uniform.

We thought we had the problem beat last year when we tripped across a pair of pants at the All-American Dairy Show’s white pants exchange. And for the Pennsylvania Farm Show and his district 4-H show, we were golden.

However, as any mom will tell you -- white pants, plus boy, plus cow show equals very messy pants. Serious soaking and scrubbing is required to keep show pants white.

So, my mom washed his pants as usual, but unfortunately, this time the pants were ruined. It is still a mystery what he was around, but somehow, he got several small holes in the pants.

This past weekend was the Dauphin County 4-H Fair. So, the mad, desperate dash to find an 8-year-old boy a pair of white show pants was on. It's not an easy task since white is not what I would consider a “boy” color, plus the stores have moved into their fall selections.

After visiting countless thrift shops and a trip to the mall, we did find a pair, a little big, but they will work.

One, they are white. Two, he will grow into them. And don’t worry, we will be at the white pants exchange again this year, looking to see if we can find a backup pair, just in case.

-- Charlene Shupp Espenshade, special sections editor

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