I am a member of our county 4-H club. I was a Cloverbud for two years and I showed sheep and dairy. (A Cloverbud is when you are too young to show animals on your own and an older member has to help you — my sister helped me.) I showed sheep one year by myself. This year was my third year of showing dairy heifer calves and pigs. It was also my second year with dairy feeder calves. This year one of my feeder calves was Reserve Grand Champion and my dairy heifer calf received 1st in her class.
I have shown pigs three years at the Community Fair. The first year one of my pigs won Grand Champion. This year one received Reserve Grand Champion.
In late March/early April we buy our fair animals, except for the dairy animals which I pick from our herd. Every day I feed them and as it get closer to fair time I walk them and train them to be in the ring.
There are two different classes each animal is shown in, showmanship and market class. Showmanship is judged on how you present your animal. The judge watches for your eye contact and how well you present the animal. A market class is judged on the quality of the animal. Each type of animal has different ways for showmanship and different qualities to look for.
This is my sixth year of entering woodworking at the fair. In past years I’ve made bookends, a toolbox, a shelf with pegs, a step stool that flips into a chair, and a show box to hold all of the stuff I need to show my animals at the fairs. This year I made a doghouse for our two dogs. It earned Best of Show for my age group, 11-12 year olds. My doghouse looks like a red barn with shingles.
Showing animals at the fairs has taught me responsibility. It has given me confidence so I am not so shy. I think showing animals is fun. I enjoy the rides at the fair, but some of the best times are hanging out with the other kids who show animals. I enjoy talking to people about my animals and maybe teaching them about the animals and how we take care of them.