Wow…what great fun the Goshen Country Fair was. It was so nice to go “home” and show off our caprine ladies.
So, I would really LOVE to give you the break down of how we placed but my husband who NEVER EVER EVER looses anything seems to have misplaced the sheet with all of our results on it. I wanted to strangle him!
I can tell you that we did place very well. Placing at the top or near the top in every class we entered which is always a lot more fun then getting your backside handed to you. Our Nubian doe Shamrock got her very first champion leg winning Reserve Grand Champion!!! How cool is that! And….Mikey’s Hazel Rose won Jr. Grand Champion in the Nubian show as well.
It was hotter than the blazes of hell and damnation itself though. We just aren’t used to that kind of heat anymore after living in the mountains for the past 4 years. Everyone was super nice and well, the Goshen Fire Dept couldn’t be kinder. They allowed us to take showers in the fire hall, gave us a bag of their famous homemade yummy doughnuts for breakfast every morning, wanted to know what they could do to make the goat show better, and thanked us for coming. You just can’t get much nicer than that.
We met some really nice fellow goat breeders and got to know a few more a little better. Todd Biddle and Ann Weikel were kind enough to give Mike, Katie, and I a showmanship lesson (which I will be the first to admit that I most definitely needed and could still use about a 100 more!). The lessons really worked too because Mikey won Reserve Master Showman in the dairy goat show at the Tioga County Fair only days later. He also won 1st in showmanship in 3 out of the 4 showmanship classes he entered in several of the barns.
Mikey’s Saanens placed directly behind Todd Biddle’s but we’ll admit that Todd has some really nice ladies. But the highlight of Mikey’s Goshen Country Fair experience was having two of his saanen doelings’ pictures taken for an upcoming Dairy Goat Journal article. For a 13 year old kid, that’s awesome.
After the Goshen Fair, I headed to Watkins Glen, NY to the Italian American Festival. We brought along one of our doelings, Francessca with us to help sell soaps. She was the hit of the Festival. And if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I would have sold 1/2 of what I did. She was petted, hugged, and kissed by at least 50,000 people. By the end of the weekend, she was tired of all the attention which is not like Francessca at all. Everyone loved Francessca and wanted to have their picture taken with her. Yeah, I know…My goats are cool 🙂
After that it was off to the Tioga County Fair…