To be quite frank, I raise some of the most outrageous animals. I maintain a full herd of about 25 goats and I sort of love it. This past week, from Aug. 11-16, I participated in our county's fair. There, I show my goats in various categories, help out my club members and leaders, clean stalls and hallways, and interact with the public. Monday through Saturday is always busy. There is not a single day where I don't have something going on. But, to make things a little easier for people to read, I won't tell you every detail of everyday, but rather a synopsis of what I experienced.
This was my first show day. The show in which I participated in was Fitting and Showing. The point of this specific show is to see how well the exhibitor can handle his/her animal and how well it is fitted and cleaned. In FFA I won Dairy Junior Fitting and Showing Champion and then Overall Dairy Fitting and Showing Grand Champion. Later in 4-H I didn't place as well as I did in FFA but received a blue ribbon. I had a lot of fun with showing, but did not have fun showing in 90-95 degree weather. Yikes!
The second day of showing is always the hardest. Tuesday is the day where I show all 7 of my goats and it takes FOREVER! To keep it short and sweet, I did very well. In FFA I won Senior Champion, 3 time Reserve Grand Champion, and then Overall Grand Champion. In 4-H I received many blue ribbons, with the exception of one red, which was expected due to a disqualifying characteristic that I already knew about. I received Junior Champion as well. When the market class came at the end of the day I showed my goat to the best of my ability. I ended up winning Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat!! This is the third year that I have been one of the top two market goats! It was a very exciting day and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed having my brothers and my dad come up as well to watch me show. It also rained so that was different.
Wednesday was laid back and quiet. I didn't do much. I basically just sat around, relaxed, and ate. Then worked stall duty for 3 hours. Easy breezy. Later in the evening, the 4-H got the opportunity to attend the rodeo for free! It was really great! I've always loved the rodeo and my favorite, bull riding!
I had to work in the FFA Food Booth from 6:30-10:30 am. It was fairly easy and all I did was husk corn. When I was done with that, I hung out with a few friends that worked in the 4-H barn and then headed out to stall duty. It wasn't too hard and it was my last shift. Afterwards, I enjoyed time with my mom.
The purpose of raising a market animal is to not only show it and raise it, of course, but to also sell it in the Lynden Junior Livestock Sale and make some money. I was the third goat to sell and ended up selling my goat for $2.75 a pound. I wasn't entirely pleased with this amount. The prices have lowered as the years have gone by, but with the help of my supporters, I ended up making a great profit. THANK YOU SUPPORTERS. Thank you also to my brother and my dad for coming to see me sell and for letting my mom buy a goat for breeding stock. I also participated in costume class with my goat, Reagan. We were a new mom and a newborn. After the sale and costume class I was pretty tired and didn't have the best time, but after rechecking my attitude and lifting up my spirits, I ended the night with my mom checking out all the booths and talking about the day.
The final day of the fair (yay!!!). I was so ready for the fair to be done by this day. I had worked very hard during the week and was ready to go home. My 4-H leader made my livestock judge in the morning. I don't enjoy livestock judging and I never have. I probably never will! I find it rather boring and cannot apply myself like the other kids. After livestock judging, I attended two awards ceremonies where I received two trophies and special glass award. Some more things to add to my collection! One thing that I have had on my bucket list was to get a henna tattoo, so went and got one. First and last time i swear! As the hours passed by, it was about that time, the time where everyone moves as fast as they can and helps everyone out. Take down and haul out. At 9 o'clock, we all hustled to take all of our decorations down and take our animals home. It only took us an hour this year!
The fair is something that is looked forward to every year. It is something that I work hard for during the year so that I can show off my prized possessions. I love attending it and receiving a sense of accomplishment and success. I did very well this year and I hope to do just as well in years to come! Thanks NWWF, you've been great.
Holley has been living the dream since 1997. She is a lover of 80s music and rain and kombucha and goats. She's passionate about photography and sharing her life.
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