The 65 Most Dramatically Cute Moments Of A Farmyard Costume Contest

Every year, the Dutchess County Fair hosts an epic costume contest among its 4-H farm animals in Rhinebeck, NY. The result is dramatic, intense, and 100% adorable.

1. For many, the Dutchess County Fair Costume Contest is the happiest time of year.

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2. Each species has its own contest before the highly competitive all species contest.

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3. The sheep competition this year was extremely intense.

One sheep may have been human.

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4. To start off, the sheep revved their engines…

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5. …the princess paraded…

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6. No show would be complete without a few hecklers in the crowd.

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7. The clown wore her wig upside down and shut those hecklers up with her joke.

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8. Human judges looked on, eagerly writing down notes to pass onto the cow judges.

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9. The philosophical sheep hoped the judges would appreciate her education.

“The boy is the sheep, the sheep is the boy, we are all connected.”

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10. Every sheep made the judge’s work incredibly difficult…

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11. We all heart lambs.

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12. Whoever could choose just one, deserves an award.

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13. Finally, the announcer took the stage.

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14. The sheep eagerly awaited…

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15. The jewel thief “stole” first place and would advance to the next round!

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16. Some could hardly contain their anger.

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17. But others remained hopeful.

“There’s always next year.”

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18. “Keep on and sheer on.”

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19. When asked why the sheep had a chance at the all species contest, one sheep answered with pride…

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20. Goats had their own competition to narrow down who would go to… all species…

“It’s go time.”

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21. Little Red Riding Hood made an appearance but would not be propelled to the next stage.

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22. The mad scientist moved onto the next round…

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23. …as did the triumphant chariot, who vowed to lead the goats to victory.

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24. Tensions were high as each barn prepared for the next day’s contest…

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25. The show arena seemed increasingly daunting to those who were preparing.

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26. There were rumors that no pigs were in the costume contest but it was hard to get a straight answer.

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27. This reporter thought pigs might be “too beautiful.”

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28. One cow, who refused to show his face, had his own controversial theory.

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29. Only time would tell who was telling the truth…

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30. As the competition loomed closer, tensions rose…

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31. Some judges started to crack under the pressure…

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32. One former winner had some pretty good advice for calves.

“Just have fun.”

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33. Llamas were the strongest of the competitors: remaining calm but intimidating.

Though he played the role of the cowardly lion, he is nothing but brave.

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34. Majestic.

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35. Even as a very late rabbit, llamas are simply majestic.

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36. Seriously, look at the showmanship.

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37. Despite this, the llamas didn’t completely steal the show. There were dragons…

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38. …and cops…

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39. …AND PIGS! The cows were right and the pig’s plan worked: The crowd jumped at the surprise!

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40. A hula pig put on his moves.

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41. Nothing could beat this lopsided table though.

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42. Finally, Dorothy entered the ring…

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43. Their presence was ethereal.

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44. The two cows wished each other luck.

45. But Dorothy knew she had it.

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46. Look at those shoes!

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47. This calf was unimpressed…

Some called it “jealousy”.

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48. The cows judged patiently, as creative costume after creative costume passed by.

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49. Some went the patriotic route, to get the crowd’s emotion roaring.

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50. This goat showed off his assets.

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51. Whispers flooded every barn.

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52. The llama tribunal did not appreciate the goat objectifying himself.

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53. THE ULTIMATE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS FINALLY BEING MADE…

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54. Some peered on with little interest.

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55. The contestants waited anxiously.

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56. More heckles from the crowd to get the show rolling.

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57. The tension in the air was, all at once, palpable and crushing.

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58. Then bam! The jewel thief snagged second place.

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59. THEN THE CHARIOT WON! The goat bowed humbly as humans began to kneel at his feet.

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60. The lion llama was outraged but the white rabbit remained stoic and classy during defeat.

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61. Some were sore losers….

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62. Some cows called the contest a shame since no cows even placed.

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63. Overall, even typical barnyard politics didn’t get in the way of the excitement.

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64. After a long day of competitions, there was only one thing left to do: rest up for next year.

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65. And practice those smiles.

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All the animals pictured are part of the 4-H program, which aims to teach children about agriculture and farming in a hands-on environment. The children pick from a variety of farm animals and learn the proper way to care for them: with love and respect. Throughout the Dutchess County Fair, the children camp out with their farm animals, to keep them company throughout the night!

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