Delaware County Fair 2005
Nelken learned from future farmers like Carl that the animals need human contact to remain calm. “I find it fascinating how comfortable and intimate [farmers] are with their cows,” says Nelken. “I have photographs of using them as pillows, kids lying on top of cows asleep. They will hug them. It’s like a pet dog.”
Scenes like the one above are common, according to Nelken. Cows require a lot of attention—frequent changes in hay, milking twice a day. Some farmers will catch a nap whenever they can. “These fairs last anywhere from three-four days to a week, and … you take care of your animals during that whole time period,” he says.