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Fair-goer Ariel sat on Curious Bleu, a Scottish Highlander, at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair. We were enchanted by the island and Bleu enchanted fair visitors with his calm and easy-going nature.

After months of preparation and a three-hour drive to Woods Hole, MA, we finally drove our truck and trailer, with four bovines and one donkey, onto the ferry for a 45-minute boat ride to Martha's Vineyard for its 160th Agricultural Fair. This year farm helpers Diane Hersey and Maggie Harrington joined us to help clean stalls, brush animals, and tour the island.

Once aboard, we climbed the stairs to the upper deck, where cool ocean breezes carried away thoughts of the oppressive heat and unfinished chores left behind in New Hampshire. Curious Bleu, our 1,600-pound Scottish Highlander steer, would have liked the view from the deck, but I'm not sure he'd do so well on the stairs. Besides, he probably would have added emphasis to the term "poop deck." So he and his mates, Scottish Highlanders June, Bear, Daffney, and Eleanor, the donkey, stayed in the trailer.

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