County Fairs are big time events in rural America. The Newton County Fair is coming soon, July 11-14. The McDonald County Fair is the next week, July 19-21.

County Fairs are big time events in rural America. The Newton County Fair is coming soon, July 11-14. The McDonald County Fair is the next week, July 19-21.
All over the two counties and much of the United States, 4-H kids are getting ready for "the fair."
Many animals and other items can be entered in the fair. Some 4-H kids raise special vegetables to enter. Others sew garments and make beautiful wooden desks. Many preparations take an entire year.
The Russell brothers, David(15) and Seth(11), are getting ready for this year’s fairs by preparing their milking goats. Each animal entered has to have its hair and hooves clipped. All the goats must have the correct shots to prevent any illnesses. All must have their papers in line and registrations properly filed.
One preparation the boys have made is entering some of their milk goats in the Southwest Missouri Dairy Goat Association Doe Show. One of their young goats won a championship at the show.
One of David's buck is a “Permanent Champion,” which means he has been selected as a champion in three different shows.
David demonstrated the actual showing method he uses at fairs. He puts a collar on the goat and uses the collar to guide the animal into the show ring. Then he positions the animal by moving its feet, so the back half of the animal is perfectly flat.
Seth added that some judges like for the kids who shows goats to move them about the ring. Others simply judge them as they stand. The young man or woman who shows milk goats traditionally dresses in white pants and a white shirt.
Not only do the Russell brothers show their milking goats at the fair, they also do all the goat chores for the family. This includes the daily milking of their American LaMancha goats.
LaMancha goats are a truly American breed, first bred by a California lady in 1927. They are a distinct breed recognizable by their very short ears, high milk production, and “people-loving” temperament.
As the boys were being interviewed, they let the goats into a pen. The goats showed their temperament the minute the pen gate was opened. They rushed forward to be petted, while attempting to eat shoe laces and tasting pant cuffs.
Soon these milking goats will be welcoming everyone who visits their pen at the two fairs and being shown in the large arena. Showing goats looks like fun and it is, but most people do not realize that all this takes a great deal of preparation, just what the Russell boys are doing two weeks before the fair.