GREENSBURG – Out of a field of several dozen accomplished exhibitors, veteran 4-H’ers Casey Baugh and Sammi Brewsaugh were the finest during the annual goat show at the county fair Friday afternoon.
Baugh and Brewsaugh placed first and second, respectively, in the goat show’s showmanship contest, each earning a spot in next week’s Tom Swain Memorial Showmanship Contest in the fairgrounds Show Arena.
In an event that took the better part of two hours, multitudes of youngsters ranging in age from elementary school students to high school elder statesmen did their best to corral and show off a cast of oftentimes rambunctious bucks, billies, nannies, does and kids of every “billy goat” breed.
The fuzzy four-legged entrants were only half of the show, however, as the students who have spent months – or perhaps even years – training the creatures were each given their time to shine Friday afternoon.
Baugh and Brewsaugh happened to shine the brightest.
The Expert Showmanship category included the two winners who were joined by third place finisher Megan Hoover, fourth place contestant Emma Spreckelson and fifth place participant Koltan McCullough. Spreckelson qualified for the spot by virtue of finishing above all others in the Senior Showmanship contest.
The event’s judges, Sarah Correll and Hannah Goeb, put the participants through their paces, tasking them with walking their ever-bleating animals about the ring and carrying themselves with ample professionalism. The judges told the crowd they place a premium on how the presenters conduct themselves during the show, in addition to how the animals are maintained.
The judge said the Expert Showmanship class was “very competitive,” and complimented all the participants.
“It was very close between these two,” the judge said, gesturing toward Baugh and Brewsaugh.
In the end, both will have a chance to capture the county fair’s livestock exhibitors’ top prize next week in the vaunted Swain contest.