So are any of you 4-H's showing in your county fairs? Or parents who have 4-H's showing? Our fair has started for this week. I found out the goat show is on Saturday, which is great, as my husband is off work so we can all go to watch. We're not familiar with how it works, so it would be a great time to see how the goats are shown, what they check for, what the kids wear, and what kind of goats are being shown in our area. I had heard there wasn't a lot of kids showing goats in our county, but they have 9 sections for the show. I am so confused... I know goats have to have a health certificate from the vet -- anyone know what typically they check for? I also know that all goats have to have blood drawn by a state official by a certain date, plus they tag them once they've had their blood drawn. Now, in the booklet for the fair, on the goat page, it says 'This show is non-sanctioned. In case of a discrepancy, or for rules not adequately covered, the show committee's decision will be held final.' and 'Youth (4-H, FFA) exhibitors will show with open classes. Can anyone explain what this means? Okay, bare with me... It says Section 1 - Open Showmanship (handlers) and then it has the 'Class 1' or 'Class 2' so and so with the ages. Show Order: Section 2 Percentage Boer Does Section 3 Full Blooded/Purebred Boer Does Section 4 Full Blooded/Purebred Boer Bucks Section 5 All other breeds female Section 6 All other breeds male Section 7 Commercial Does - 4-H and FFA by weight Section 8 Market Goats - 4-H and FFA by weight Section 9 Dairy Breeding Class (all breeds) Why does it say 4-H/FFA only in sections 7 & 8? Does it mean adults show goats as well? Sorry I've never really watched the shows at the fairs...I always went around and admired all the beautiful animals And what exactly is classified as a Commercial Doe? Sorry I am really new and trying to figure all this out. If my kids want to get into this, then we'll have to start figuring all of this out. My kids are very shy doing things in front of other people, so I want to make sure they can get into this before we'd get too serious. First year they will probably just do Market goats... Thanks for any help, I'd love to understand more of this before we go on Saturday. Especially so I can explain it to my kids! They are ages 9 and 11. It'll be a while before my youngest gets involved <she's 3>.