Calf's birth adds excitement to Deerfield Fair
By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent | September 29. 2013 8:04PM
Brigadoon licks her newborn female calf moments after giving birth in front of a large crowd at the Deerfield Fair on Saturday night. (JASON SCHREIBER PHOTO)
Surrounded by several dozen fair-goers who jockeyed for a good position to capture the birth on camera, Brigadoon and her owners tried to ignore all the attention and focused on making sure it was a successful delivery inside one of the fair's cow barns.
"Obviously, she didn't make it (to her due date)," said Katie Downs, who helped with the birth and whose father, Jim Downs, owns Downs Farms of Loudon and Gilmanton Iron Works.
"There's a cow having a calf!" excited spectators told others who wondered what all the fuss was about.
After about two hours of calving, Brigadoon delivered a healthy female calf at exactly 6:45 p.m.
The crowd remained calm in the minutes after the birth, anxiously awaiting a sign that all was well.
The boy didn't know that the calf was just fine, and moments later, it became clear that the birth was a success.
Applause erupted from the crowd of smiling fair-goers, many of whom had never witnessed a cow giving birth.
The calf took her first steps about two hours after the birth and things went well for mom and baby Saturday night.
Brigadoon participated in her first show at the fair on Thursday, but she spent Sunday resting with her baby, which had not yet been named.
Calves have been born at the fair before, but farmers said it doesn't happen all that often.
For Downs, Saturday night's experience was just another day in the life of a farmer.