Proctorville, Chesy students win goat competition

Published 10:20 am Friday, July 17, 2009

ROME TOWNSHIP — It was a veteran competitor and a novice who pulled the top prizes in the market goat competition Thursday at the Lawrence County Fair.

C.J. Spears, 13, of Proctorville, took Grand Champion. Spears has been competing for five years. Ann-Michael Dyer, 11, of Chesapeake took Reserve Champion. Dyer has been in 4-H for four years, but this is the first time she has competed.

“I’m real happy,” Spears said. The secret to her success: “Try hard,” she said.

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Dyer was equally happy about her win.

“It’s real good,” Dyer said.

David Carter from Lancaster was the night’s judge. Carter is licensed to be a judge by the American Boar Goat Association.

“It’s always good to come and see the kids always smiling,” Carter said. “They’re anxious, but are having fun. That’s what it’s all about. The quality of goat is outstanding.”

After the market goat show, the showmanship competition was held.

Chelsea Hardy who competed in the 13-year-old category took junior showman. Daniel Mootz who competed in the 15-14 year old category took senior showman.

Both were complimented by Carter for their ability to handle their goats, keep them standing straight and showing them off to the best advantage.