PROSPECT, Pa. — After days of on and off — mostly on — rain, the skies turned blue and the temperatures moderated for a perfect day at the fair.

The Big Butler Fair, always held during the Fourth of July holiday, is in its 164th year. This year’s fair ran from June 28 to July 6.

Sunday’s perfect day started with the goat show and Brock Hohman of McConnellsburg judging the 4-H and open classes.

During the showmanship competition, Hohman took time with each participant to ask questions about their goat and to offer suggestions on exhibiting.

“I think being knowledgeable about the goat’s body parts and having eye contact with the judge are very important,” said Hohman, who has been judging livestock since 2007.

For Becky Tyson of Slippery Rock, a longtime fair exhibitor, the thrill of the day was seeing her three 3-year-old grandchildren exhibit goats from her flock in the peewee class. This group was for anyone not old enough to participate in 4-H.

The younger exhibitors were accompanied by a teen or adult, and all participants were given a prize.

Tyson said began coming to the fair as a 4-H member while growing up on her family’s dairy farm.

“Then I took a break,” she said. “I brought my children here when they were in 4-H.”

The Tysons transitioned from cattle to goats after one of their daughters wanted a goat to show. The change has worked out well.

“As we get old, we find the goats are much easier to handle than cattle,” she said. “I still enjoy showing.”

And Big Butler is the only fair where the Tysons exhibit their Boer goats, a meat breed.

The next group of pens contained Oberhasli goats, a dairy breed, owned by the Hufnagel family.

Makenzie Johnson, 17, of Ellwood City, was brushing one of the Hufnagels’ goats to prepare for the show. Her introduction to goats started with riding horses at the Hufnagel farm with her friend Alexis Hufnagel.

Eventually, Alexis’ mom, Britney, suggested that Makenzie start showing goats as well.

“I love the goats and really enjoy showing at the fair,” Johnson said as she pointed to each goat in several pens and called each one by name.

Johnson now belongs to the Neat Kids 4-H Goat Club in Lawrence County. Because she and the Hufnagels don’t belong to 4-H in Butler County, they were showing in the open classes.

Alexis has a goat that had a kid just two days before the show. And while Alexis was in the show ring with her goat, Johnson would carry the kid beside her so the mama goat would not get anxious and run off trying to find her baby. The newborn was shown in the 0- to 4-month class.

Hohman put the senior showmanship competitors through their paces. One of his challenges had the youth trade goats. This demonstrated their showmanship abilities with an unfamiliar animal.

Showmanship winners were Kendyl Steighner of Butler in the ages 14-15 group, Will Schwalm of Butler in the ages 10-11 group, Whitaker Schwalm of Butler in the ages 8-9 group, and Katie Ludwik of Emlenton in the ages 7 and under group.

A week at the fair can be grueling, but it’s also a lot of fun, and the competitors who completed their showing early in the week were now were ready to enjoy the rest of the fair.

Following are the results from the junior goat show.

Champions

Best junior doe in show: Riley Rodgers, Butler

Best senior doe in show: Madison Myers, Mars

Nigerian Dwarf

Doe kid 0-4 months: Anna McDeavitt, Butler

Doe kid 4-8 months: Cydney McDeavitt

Doe kid 8-12 months: Kendyl Steighner, Butler

Doe 12-24 months not in milk: Kendyl Steighner, Butler

Junior champion doe by breed: Kendyl Steighner, Butler

Reserve junior champion doe by breed: Kendyl Steighner, Butler

Doe 1 and under 2 in milk: Cydney McDeavitt, Butler

Doe 3 and under 5: Madison Myers, Mars

Doe 5 and over: Madison Myers, Mars

Senior champion doe by breed: Madison Myers, Mars

Reserve senior champion doe by breed: Madison Myers, Mars

Senior get of sire: Madison Myers, Mars

Dam and daughter: Madison Myers, Mars

Nubian

Doe 12-24 months not in milk: Alyssa Dreucci, Connoquenessing

Champion doe by breed: Alyssa Dreucci, Connoquenessing

Reserve junior champion doe by breed: Alyssa Dreucci, Connoquenessing

Doe 3 and under 5: Alyssa Dreucci, Connoquenessing

Senior champion doe by breed: Alyssa Dreucci, Connoquenessing

Oberhasli

Doe kid 4-8 months: Riley Rodgers, Butler

Junior champion doe by breed: Riley Rodgers, Butler

Doe 3 and under 5: Riley Rodgers, Butler

Senior champion doe by breed: Riley Rodgers, Butler

Dam and daughter: Riley Rodgers, Butler

Recorded Grades

Doe kid 0-4 months: Emily Hoffman, Connoquenessing

Junior champion doe by breed: Emily Hoffman, Connoquenessing

Boer

Doe kid 0-4 months: Will Schwalm, Butler

Doe kid 5-8 months: Whitaker Schwalm, Butler

Doe kid 9-11 months: Maggie Schwalm, Butler

Yearling doe 12-18 months: Amelia Brown, Karns City

Junior grand champion: Amelia Brown, Karns City

Reserve junior grand champion: Amelia Brown, Karns City

Doe 2 years and under 3: Riley Rodgers, Butler

Doe 3 years and under 5: Amelia Brown, Karns City

Doe 5 years and over: Walker Schwalm, Butler

Senior grand champion: Walker Schwalm, Butler

Reserve senior grand champion: Amelia Brown, Karns City

Market Goats

First place lightweight: Camden Bash, Butler

First place mediumweight: Apryl Scott, Butler

First place heavyweight: Ivie Scott, Butler Grand champion: Apryl Scott, Butler

Reserve grand champion: Amelia Brown, Karns City

Showmanship

First place ages 16-21: Madison Myers, Mars

First place ages 14-15: Kendyl Steighner, Butler

First place ages 12-13: Maggie Schwalm, Butler

First place ages 10-11: Will Schwalm, Butler

First place ages 8-9: Whitaker Schwalm, Butler

First place ages 7 and under: Katie Ludwik, Emlenton

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