By Scott Halasz
XENIA — Eva Moore had no idea, but she carried on an impressive family tradition Monday at the Greene County Fair.
Showing her goat in the homegrown meat market show, the 10-year-old was the reserve grand champion (second place overall) after finishing second in her class in just her second year in 4-H. When told her mother, Edna Moore, had similar success when she was in 4-H, Eva Moore sported a surprised and shocked look on her face.
“It makes it pretty special because my mom’s a goat person and she helps out,” Eva Moore said. “It feels pretty amazing.”
Moore admitted that she wasn’t sure she had a winning goat when competition began.
“I thought he wasn’t going to do so well because he wasn’t walking good,” she said, eyes still glazed over from crying some tears of joy. But the 91-pound goat made it through the individual class competition and the grand/reserve champion portion with little trouble.
“I thought she did a great job with him,” Edna Moore said. “The grooming and all the preparation.”
Edna Moore also had some parental involvement in her 4-H life.
“My mom was with me showing goats,” she said. “Great memories we made together. (Eva’s accomplishment) does make me very proud. Definitely carrying on the tradition, it’s a great thing. It’s very special.”
By the time she put her goat back in its pen, Eva Moore, a member of Hometown Heroes, already had an idea of how she was going to celebrate.
“Maybe have some friends spend the night,” she said.
Nathan Ferguson was the grand champion after winning his class and placing fourth with a second goat. He’s been showing them for at least 10 years, he said, and in his last year in 4-H, he’s happy to be going out on top.
“It’s a lot of paid off work,” the Country Rebels 4-H member said. “They’re born on the farm and you raise them. It definitely makes it worth it.”
Sam Weidel, 13, was the grand champion in the dairy market show, taking third as well. The Back-40 4-H club member has been active for five years and has a few grand champion titles to his credit. His brother, Sam, was second and fifth with his goats.
For Sam Weidel, showing the goats is among the easiest parts of raising them. The toughest?
“During the winter kind of keeping their ears from getting frostbite,” he said.
In addition to the Weidels, Abby Paris, a member of the Cedarville Hotshots, entered the dairy market show and was fourth.
Jonathan Bickett of the Creative Christian Clovers was first and third in the first class of the meat market show. Alix Paris (Cedarville Hotshots) was second, followed by Ferguson (fourth), Devan Lapchinski (Country Rebels) fifth and Allison Rapp (Country Rebels) sixth.
Matt Paris (Cedarville Hotshots) was third in the second meat market class. Rapp was fifth and Trevor Moore (Hometown Heroes) sixth.
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