Ava Shroyer spends a lot of time on the road showing goats and has learned it takes hard work to produce a champion.
“We go all over the country to shows,” the 14-year-old DeGraff grand champion of the Market Goat Show and intermediate showmanship winner said at the 2019 Logan County Junior Fair show. “But winning the grand champion means a lot. I worked really hard to get this goat ready.”
That meant mornings and evenings of exercising her entry along with weekly “rinses,” a type of shower bath for a goat.
Ava’s entry would place well in most any show, show judge Levi Griswell of Marion said.
“You expect to see a goat of this quality at larger shows or even at the state fair,” he said, “but it is exceptional to find one this nice at the county fair level.”
Ava, a four-year veteran of the goat show, said she picked the goat because of its big chest and long body.
She also developed a close relationship with the goat as she was able to gracefully lead it during the showmanship competition.
Cooper Hunt of Bellefontaine took reserve champion honors with his entry.
Also a four-year show veteran, Cooper, 12, said, “I’m pretty happy. I didn’t expect to get this far.”
For the complete story and additional Logan County Fair coverage, pick up a copy of Friday's Examiner.