6/24/2010 Goat Gossip 94 Freestone County Fair Breeding & Market Goat shows are in the history books! I’m sort of indifferent about my job. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. I get to attend many events because of my work schedule and then again I miss many because of it. I hate missing a big event like the goat shows at the Freestone Co. Fair because I get to see my friends, their goats, and the goats that I have sold to the Youngsters who are showing in the goat shows. Zack Newman and Russell Gilbreath, along with the other folks at the Fair, run a pretty good show with the big events coming off without a hitch. Thank you to Zack, Russell, the Fair folks, the Parents, the Teachers & Adult Leaders, and most of all the Youngsters who worked hard and did a fine job making this fair a good one. Now on to the details of the big event! I wasn’t able to make it to the breeding show but my roving reporter, Gwen, said that it was a spirited show judged by Mr. Darick Chabot. Here are the winners: Class 1-A: Jacob McQueen, Fairfield 4-H, Class 1-B: Kristin Shaw, Fairfield FFA, Class 2: Amanda Massey, Teague FFA, Class 3: Rachel Tugwell, Dew 4-H. The Grand Champion Breeding goat was shown by Kristin Shaw and the Reserve Grand Champion Breeding goat was shown by Preston Simpson of Fairfield 4-H. Senior Showperson was awarded to Rachel Tugwell and Junior Showperson was awarded to Carol Pingleton of Eagle Country 4-H. I did manage to make the Market Goat Show and really enjoyed the camaraderie and competition displayed by the Youngsters as they vied for the placings while being judged by Mr. Eric Zimmerman. I would like to make note that Mr. Eric paid all of the competitors and breeders a huge complement by saying that he had judged our show several years back and was greatly impressed by the improvement and quality of the animals displayed by the contestants this year. He said that they could compete in any arena and place really well! Here are the winners: Class 1: Carly Staggs, Freestone 4-H, Class 2: Coby McClelland, Teague FFA, Class 3: Chandler Brown, Teague FFA, Class 4: Cooper Blackwell, Dew 4-H, Class 5: Kaycee Sessum, Fairfield FFA, Class 6: Travis Blackwell, Dew 4-H, and Class 7: Corey Black, Fairfield FFA. The Grand Champion Market Goat was shown by Kaycee Sessum. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat was shown by Cooper Blackwell. The best In-County Market Goat was shown by Preston Simpson of Fairfield 4-H. Preston’s goat was a home grown goat, congratulations to the Simpsons! Senior Showperson was awarded to Gary Dyer of Teague FFA. Junior Showperson was awarded to Carly Staggs of Freestone 4-H. Congratulations to all of the Youngsters who competed in our Fair goat shows. One thing that gets me is the level of quality that has improved every year. I am surprised at the level of quality of the does that are shown in the breeding classes and in the Market show. Unfortunately, four does were floored and were taken by the person that bought the floor. I will admit that Gwen and I made an attempt to buy those does for breeding purposes but the person who bought the floor wouldn’t sell them. Just a suggestion, but maybe we should look at ways of returning such good breeding stock to the breeders in our county through a special sale that would benefit the Fair Board and the Youngster who competes. I’m open to suggestions to present to the board if anyone has any. It’s a shame to see these fine does go on the meat truck! The Freestone County Goat Breeders Association will hold their next meeting at the Freestone County Courthouse in Fairfield, Texas on Saturday, July 10th at 9 a.m. Our meetings are open to the general public and we invite the good citizens from anywhere in the Great State of Texas to visit and join our organization if it fits you. To find out more about our Association go to www.freestonecountygoats.org and see what we are all about. . It has been decided, and this is an important announcement, to open up our membership roles to any resident in the state of Texas who cares to join! We would like to welcome any of ya’ll fellow Texans who would care to join our association Have you always wanted to get in the goat show ring, but are not sure what to do or how to prepare? Do you think you have the next grand champion but need help getting them in the ring? Maybe you are looking for your next doe or market weather prospect to transport you to the winners circle. Perhaps you would just like to enhance your herd with good breeding stock but are having trouble locating or selecting the right animals. The ETGRA Spectacular Goat Showdown and Sale is the event that will answer all those questions and give you an opportunity to hone your showmanship skills in a stress-free and enjoyable environment. In addition, if you are looking to purchase prospect animals to continue or start showing goats, the pen sale that follows the show will encompass a great variety and number of all types of goats sure to fit most any situation. The East Texas Goat Raisers Association is proud to present the first ever, all breed prospect jackpot show and pen sale, July 24, 2010 in Henderson, TX at the Rusk County Youth Exposition Center. For more info call Curtis and Danette Shoemaker (936)867-2068 or email Rene McCracken at [email protected] or go to www.etgra.com for info on the events, shows or association. The North East Texas Goat Raisers Association will have the 6th Annual Sizzlin’ Summer Boer Goat shows July 24th & 25th at the Hunt County Fairgrounds in Greenville. The will be awarding show leads for Division Prizes and Buckles for Overall winners. They are also giving some pretty good discounts on the entry fees for members and others. The judges for NETGRA's 6th Annual Sizzlin' Summer Shows are Glen Martin on Saturday, July 24th and Eddie Holland on Sunday, July 25th. Go to http://netgra.com for details on these shows. The Cuero Summer Blast will be held Saturday & Sunday, August 14-15, 2010 in Cuero, Texas. There will be two shows on Saturday and one on Sunday! Entry deadline is at 8 am on show day, entry fees are $20 per head per show. Check in date is Friday, 8/13/10 from 6-9 pm and from 7-8 am on show day. Location is the Friar Ag Center on Industrial Blvd. Judges are as follows: Open Show 1-Ray Bolinger Open Show 2- Kyle Strickland Open Show 3- Robert Washington. For more info call Robin Walters (830)305-0161 or email: [email protected] or visit them on the web at http://www.barnonemeatgoats.com/2010shows.html Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Ya’ll come for a visit of the FCGBA on Saturday, July 10th at 9 a.m. at the Freestone County Courthouse! Call me at 903-388-8528 or e-mail [email protected] if you have any goat gossip or want to chat. Bye, for now.