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Volunteers made 4-H/Open Livestock shows work

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Another successful 4-H/Open Livestock Show at the Carroll County Fair is officially in the books.

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This year’s shows included poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine, goat, beef and horse.  Joyce Doyle and I could not have had such great results from the livestock shows if it was not for the amazing volunteers who helped us — Jim and Sharon Graves, and Vince Sanchez.

If you happened to take a stroll back to the livestock barns during the fair, then you might have seen the array of animals on display.  We are so thankful for the Graves, with the great help of Vince, for bringing the miniature horse, dairy goats, sheep and rabbits.  With these animals, we were able to educate about milking a dairy goat, feeding a bottle to a baby goat, shearing a sheep, caring for rabbits and grooming a horse.

Hundreds of people passed through the barn over the course of the week, and to see the excitement of those both young and young-at-heart while holding a bunny or feeding a baby goat was priceless. I am amazed by the dedication and compassion of Jim and Sharon Graves to the youth of our community.

We would also like to thank the Carroll County FFA for sharing the hogs with us for the week.

Michael Walls served as our “announcer extraordinaire.” A good livestock show is only as good as its announcer, and we had an excellent one for the week. In addition to letting us borrow his voice, Michael was instrumental in setting up the weigh-in equipment, organizing the horse show, and preparing the horse ring.

Did you happen to notice the beautiful setup of the 4-H Livestock Barn? Joyce and I were so proud of how it looked and it was a big thanks to Jason Stephenson, Mike Humphrey, Logan Barr and Monica Daniel.

Helping us keep the livestock shows moving smoothly was so important to the overall success last week. Whether it was helping with weigh-in, taking pictures, handing out ribbons, or monitoring the livestock gate, it was a big help.

Thank you to Bobbie Giles, Grover Crawford, Terry Cauley, Robin Stephenson, Jace Walls, Marcy Blanton, Tom Buchanan, Angie Searcy, Cody Human, Dillan Human, Mackenzie Wright, Bob Lindsay, Kim Bowen, Shawn Bowen, Joe Raisor, Billy Ray Meadows and Lonnie Crutcher.

Joyce and I would also like to extend a huge thank you to Tim Tritsch and the 4-H Shooting Sports Club coaches, parents, and 4-H’ers for maintaining the BB Shoot near the livestock barn.

Thank you to Kevin Craig and the Carroll County Fair Board for all your cooperation and time that you put into making the county fair a great experience for all.

Finally, we would like to thank all the excellent Carroll County 4-Hers who participated in the livestock shows:  Lorinda Bennett, Braden Kemper, Andrea Searcy, Evan Searcy, Madeline Sanders, Brynnlee Tuttle, Houston Parker, Patrick Parker, Clara Tuttle, Jace Walls, Braxton Walls, Levi Stephenson, Caleb Stephenson, Cassidy Buchanan, Colten Human, Mallary Bickers and Kassandra Hickey.

Thank you to all our volunteers. We could not have been successful without you. Joyce and I are both looking forward to a great 2015 Carroll County Fair.

 

Christin Herbst is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to Christin.Herbst@uky.edu.