Raucous bleats, the muted conversations of competitors and the pungent smell of goat filled the Stafford building as the 4-H Dairy Goat Show got underway the morning of July 23.
Sanaan, Alpine, Nubian and a smattering of other breeds circled the arena with varying degrees of cooperation as neatly dressed young people clad in white shirts and tan slacks displayed their animals under the watchful eye of the judge, Shawn Harper.
Ages of the goats ranged from under one year to four years and older and their gleaming coats showed all colors from whitish to tawny brown and parti-colored black and white.
Judge Harper was well pleased with all the classes he judged, remarking repeatedly on the nicely formed animals displayed in the events.
“It’s not about the goats though." Harper said after judging one class, “It’s about these young people, they have all worked hard and deserve a round of applause.”
As the last contestant left the arena to prepare for the Meat Goat Show, the bleating momentarily quieted leaving the smell of sawdust, goat and achievement in the air.