Katrina Eubanks waited patiently with her goats, Pebbles and Domo, on Friday morning at the McDonald County Fair.
The goats lounged in their pen, as their owner sat nearby, waiting for the afternoon showing.
“Last year they took first and second in their class,” Eubanks said.
Eubanks, who served as the 2012 McDonald County Fair Princess, has been participating in the fair for at least six years, she said.
The 14-year-old Longview resident said she became interested in showing animals after joining 4-H when she was seven years old.
“I decided to get in 4-H, I’d heard it was a really good organization,” Eubanks said.
While her family helps her out in preparing for the fair, she says she is the only family member who shows animals at the annual event.
“They help a lot, I can’t get it done without them, but it’s just me,” Eubanks said.
In fact, at the time she joined 4-H, the only farm animal they had at home was a horse.
However, after Eubanks became interested in 4-H, a goat was added to the family.
“My first goat was grand champion for two years,” Eubanks said. “I was seven and at that time, they were bigger than me.”
A member of Crossroads 4-H, Eubanks has three goats now, though she left one at home this year.
She said she enjoys working with goats because there is more to the animals than meets the eye.
“They’re just so different,” Eubanks said. “Some people look at them as ugly animals, but they’re not. They’re quite a hassle, but in a good way.”
The animals can be such a handful that one of Eubanks’ goats has the name to prove it.
“Domo in Japanese means rowdy or hard to handle,” Eubanks said. “She’s very hard to handle, she’s something else.”
Eubanks said something people may not know about goats is that they have very sensitive stomachs, so she has to be careful what she feeds them.
“They are the biggest babies ever,” Eubanks said with a laugh. “People think they can eat anything, but they get a stomach ache and they feel like they want to die.”
She said she feeds her goats creep feed and sweet feed.
Eubanks said part of the fun of the fair is spending time with the other fair participants.
“Everyone just becomes your family over the years,” she said.
And while she enjoys the social aspect of the fair, as well as showing her goats, she says the highlight of her past fair experiences is winning the title of fair princess last summer.
“That’s what I worked on forever,” Eubanks said. “I always saw those girls up there and I was like, ‘I want to be that,’ and I finally got it.”
The 39th annual McDonald County Fair kicked off on Thursday and wrapped up Saturday.