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South Point youth top dairy goat showman

ROME TOWNSHIP -- More competition caused more surprise for the winner of the 4-H and FFA dairy goat show and showmanship competition this year.

Royce Coleman won the trophy on Friday for her goat, Allanha, at the show.

Coleman took home a trophy for senior showmanship, first and second places in the nubian class and the sweepstakes award.

"The sweepstakes is the culmination of each paticipant's points in the areas of the skillathon, showmanship and quality show," said Laura Jane Murphy, the Lawrence County OSU extension agent.

Coleman said the competition this year was a littler harder than last due to more entries.

"I was very excited to win because it was a little tougher this year," she said.

Coleman has been working with goats for six years.

Coleman is 14 years old, a member of the Getaway Go Getters and a resident of South Point.

Debbie Snyder was the acting judge. She is a resident of Washington Court House and has been involved with raising and showing goats for 10 years.

Snyder was judging on the cleanliness of the goats, if each goat was clipped, if the participants were in proper attire and the knowledge the participants had of the goats.

In the market show, she made sure that the participants had good knowledge of what parts of the meat are needed to sell the goats.

In the breed show, Snyder looked at the appearance of the goats, the mammary glands and size of the goats.

"The kids did very well and I have enjoyed being here," she said.

This was Snyder's first year judging at the Lawrence County fair.