Head over heels for goats in Humboldt County

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Twins Maddy, left, and Drew Stanek, both 13, of Fort Dodge, pet Abra, a horse at the Humboldt County Fair Thursday. The siblings were in Humboldt to watch their cousin at the goat show.

HUMBOLDT — The sound of goats could be heard all across the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Thursday as 4-H and FFA members competed in the goat shows during the late morning and early afternoon.

The dairy goat show was held at 10:30 a.m. while the meat goat show was held at 11 a.m.

Amy Tilton, 10, of Vincent, a member of the Cornith Red Stars 4-H club, ended up taking grand champion goat with Dream during the dairy goat show.

“I’m kind of surprised,” Tilton said after receiving her ribbon. “This is my first year.”

Dream belongs to Tilton’s grandmother.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Alayna Borer, 9, of Humboldt, a member of the Junior Clover Kids 4-H club, pets her goat, Floppy, during the Humboldt County Fair Thursday.

What did Tilton think she did best?

“I think I did best on handling the goat,” she said. “‘Cause this one’s kind of crazy.”

Reserve grand champion was fellow Cornith Red Stars 4-H’er Charity Bork, 12, of Eagle Grove, who got second with her goat, Red Fait.

This is the third year Bork has shown her reserve champion goat.

“She does pretty good in the show ring,” Bork said.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Macy Eastman, 12, of Rolfe, a member of the Gilmore City Wolverines 4-H club, pets her goat, Goldie, before showing at the Humboldt County Fair Thursday.

In the past, Red Fait has gotten champion in the goat show, but Bork wasn’t disappointed that she didn’t get the title this year.

She said she’ll just have to “practice more.”

“This is her third year,” Bork said. “And this is her second year doing well.”

It wasn’t only goats that were putting on a show Thursday. 4-H’ers and FFA members were spending the morning grooming and preparing their sheep to show them in the afternoon.

Jamie Egli, 16, is a member of the Humboldt FFA and was one of several participants grooming her sheep for the show.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Abraham Bormann, 3, of Humboldt, was in over his head at the Humboldt County Fair Thursday as he went headfirst into a bucket inside one of the barns.

While looking over her sheep, Egli took out a bottle of lotion and rubbed it all over the animal.

Why was that?

“I’m putting lotion on it so it’ll be good to touch,” she said.

In the beef barn, Bailey Vainreb, 20, of Pocahontas, a member of the Pilot Creek FFA, was getting her crossbreed steer, Flash, ready for the show today.

“He was champion at the Calhoun County Fair two weeks ago,” Vainreb said. “I’m hoping he’ll be champion tomorrow.”

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Alexandra Barbu, 5, of Cedar Falls, is all smiles as she holds Star, a rabbit showing at the Humboldt County Fair. Star was being showed by Samantha Smith, 18, of Fort Dodge, a member of the C/C Sidekicks 4-H club.

She said Flash does very well when he’s showing and has a good attitude.

“He’s a puppy dog,” she said. “He behaves really well. He’s flashy.”

The Humboldt County Fair continues through Sunday.