My 4-H goat project was exciting

Kadie Stephenson showing her goat with her brother Ty in the background.

Hi, my name is Kadie Ste- phenson. My parents are Matt and Leanne Stephenson.

I have been a 4-H mem- ber going on four years now and my experience has been amazing. The poster contest, creative art contest, and play- ing games are a few of the fun things you do in 4-H.

However, by far, showing
in the Henry County Fair Jr. Livestock Show is definitely the most exciting thing I have ever been involved with in 4-H. Three of my four years, I tried to get up enough courage to go into the show ring. I was so scared that my goat would freak out and everyone would laugh at me.

I have learned a lot about goats, how to manage ani- mals, how to persevere during hard times, to put forth my best effort and be happy with the results. This year I got up enough courage and selected my two goats. After the first weigh-in, I began setting goals for myself and my project animals.

I walked them daily and watched several videos for
tips to improve my showman- ship skills. When I entered the show ring everything went right, my goats didn’t freak out at all. The hard work had paid

off and my goat was selected as grand champion market goat.

I also placed first in show- manship in my division. I’m definitely going to show a goat next year and may be interest- ed in showing a sheep or hog in the future.

As a new year begins in
4-H, I am excited to continue participating and look forward to many more years. When I grow up, I will look back on these years and remember how much joy and fun came to me as a 4-H member.

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