Yes, and that is what I can blame it on when the nice men in white coats come and take me away ... Okay, so here's the story. Our local show is a one day event and in years gone by was a big agricultural event with cattle, sheep, crops, veges and all sorts of produce. But, in recent years as with a lot of the little shows around here the farming side of the show has struggled and the sideshows have taken over. It doesnt help that local kids are not all that interested in farming, as well as the drought means that farmers dont have extra money to go to the show, and their animals arent in show condition in the first place. Anyway ... in Feb this year I implemented a goat section in our local show, we started off small with classes only for boer and commercial meat goats. We only did really basic classes - doe under 12 mths/over 12 mths and the same for bucks, in both the fullblood and commercial sections. We didnt know whether we would get any interest. Well, we got 57 goats and 5 exhibitors, hundreds of spectators and sooo much interest it was crazy. So for 2009 I have had requests to make it an all breeds show and here is what I am going to try and cater for: Fullblood Stud Boer Goats Commercial Meat Goats (any breed/crossbreed) Angora Goats Mohair fleeces Dairy Goats A few things I want to do: I want to keep the entry fees really really low, so that people dont have to spend a fortune to bring their goats to the show. I want to be able to give a prize trophy as in something useful like goat equipment for all the champions, along with their ribbons. Cos, trophies might look pretty on the shelf but there's not much more you can do with them. I want to be able to give every exhibitor a little something, a bucket with a few bits and pieces in it like some goat bits, feed samples etc. I want to get sponsorship from exhibitors, breeders, local businesses etc to cover the costs of all of this. I was thinking of providing goat sausages and a barbecue for exhibitors free of charge. I also want to keep this show really laid back and fun - not too many rules - make it a day out for people to boost their spirits. A few fun things I was thinking of (wont necessarily do it all, just a few things I have been thinking of) - guess the weight of the wether competition, goat pat bingo, a fancy dress competition (dress up the goat) for the kids, a raffle, goat cart rides ... So I guess I'm just after your thoughts. What makes a really good show? What makes a really sucky show? What are somethings you have seen done at shows that were really good/bad? At this stage I have like 20 Boer breeders on board, a couple angoras and a couple dairies. Good, but :GAAH: I dont know where I'm gonna house them all???? Will figure that out ... At the moment I am trying to find the list of classes, I will post it when I find it (its on my laptop).