"It's daddy and daughter day for us," he said. "I know we are having a good time despite the weather. We even made walking in the rain a fun thing to do to make today enjoyable."
MaryClaire was more focused on the animals than the rain.
"I just sat on the big steer bull. That was fun," the 5-year-old said as she looked at the petting zoo. "Now I want to go feed the sheep and ride a pony."
Nearly 200 people -- most standing beneath umbrellas -- came out to the festival, sponsored by the Augusta Futurity. It featured a Texas longhorn steer bull, a petting zoo, pony rides and performances by local clogging groups and by Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band.
Bentley Fraser, 3, smiled as her family watched her ride a pony.
"This is our first time out here, but it's fun," said her mother, Stephanie. "Her grandparents wanted to bring her out to ride on the ponies and see the other animals. She seems to really enjoy it."
Larry Fuller and his family brought his 2-year-old nephew, Myles Thomas.
"We brought him out so he could see the animals and learn about them a bit," he said
It was also a chance to spend time together as a family, he said.
"I'll admit, we all have a little bit of kid in us," he said. "I enjoy things like this, and it's a good opportunity for us to be together and have fun."
The Futurity continues through Saturday. For a schedule of events, visit www.augustafuturity.com.
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