Livestock at the palace

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September 04, 2006|By Photos by Amy Davis | Photos by Amy Davis,Sun photographer

The Cow Palace at the Timonium fairgrounds will see one more day of action today, the closing day of the 125th Maryland State Fair - one more day of primping and fussing that rivals the highest-stakes human beauty pageant. When cows arrive at the palace for any one of 11 days of competition this year, they are clipped, washed, blow-dried, sprayed and fed. Proud owners sometimes have their charges photographed after the judging, by livestock photographer Billy Joe Heath.

Although the fair involves a lot of last-minute grooming, cattle farmers say they work all year to get their cattle "in bloom" so their animals will show their best stuff for the event. Today's schedule at the palace includes a Holstein dairy show.

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