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For goat champion and others, it was ‘a dream come true’ at the 2013 Delta County Fair

It seemed as if a handshake from a judge was all it took to declare Taylor Jenson's market goat as the grand champion at the Delta County Fair.

However, that moment in time was just the reward for hours of work and preparation.

Jenson, who is 16 years old and a junior at Delta High School, has been showing market goats for several years.

"I started showing rabbits when I was 9, and after a few years I wanted to move on to a bigger project. I chose goats because I thought they would be a good learning experience, which they were," she said.

She added, "I enjoy showing goats because they are an entertaining project, fairly inexpensive and you learn a lot each year, being every animal is different. My favorite part about having boer goats is being able to interact with them … they have such fun personalities."

Her market goat weighed in at 99 pounds, and his sleek fitting accentuated his muscular body.

This is Jenson's first grand champion market goat, and is a dream come true.

"It means a lot to me that my goat did so well. It's nice to see hard work pay off," she explained.

The work involved in showing goats starts at home.

"It takes a lot of patience and time to raise a champion. You have to not only train, but also exercise them. You have to help them build muscle, and make sure they have good feed and enough feed," she said.

She continued, "to show a champion I believe it takes faith in the animal, knowing you have done all you can do to make the animal its best. Also, it's important to show the animal off, and to make them look good."

Being an involved student, Jenson had to learn to manage her time in order to make sure her goats got the attention they needed each and every day.

"I would say the most challenging part is making enough time to train and exercise my goat, especially being as busy as I am busy with summer sports," she said.

Jenson is currently serving as the sentinel for the Delta FFA chapter, and her goat project is her supervised agricultural experience.

"I like FFA because it is a good way to be involved with school, and community. Through FFA I have learned public speaking skills and to be proud of who you are," she said.

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The Delta County Fair was held August 3-10 in Hotchkiss, Colo.

The week-long fair featured a variety of junior market shows, entertainment and family events.

The fair kicked off with the shooting sports and horse events, and Aug. 6 was when all the junior livestock animals were moved into the barn.

The first livestock event for students to compete in was the poultry and rabbit shows.

The grand champion fryer pen was exhibited by Lucas Vadar of Cedaredge, who eared $300 for his pen in the sale.

The reserve pen was shown by Isaac Vadar, Cedaredge, who earned $175.

The grand champion turkey was shown by Tyrell Clock of Paonia, who sold his turkey for $300.

The reserve grand champion was exhibited by Stephanie Sidor of Delta, who sold her turkey for $275.

The champion rabbit meat pen was shown by Quinn Husted, Hotchkiss, who sold his pen for $400.

The reserve pen was exhibited by Evie Simmons, Hotchkiss, whose pen brought in $250.

The first large animal show was the Market Goat Show, held on Aug. 7.

Jenson's grand champion goat brought $1,000 in the market sale.

The reserve grand champion was Samantha Heinze, Cory, and her goat brought $800.

On Aug. 8, the Market Swine Show took place. This was won by Colby Wilson, Hotchkiss. His hog brought in $1,700 at the market sale. The reserve grand champion was shown by Ross LeValley, Hotchkiss, with his hog bringing in $1,900.

After the swine show, the market lambs took the arena, and the grand champion was awarded to Luke Anderson of Delta. His lamb sold for $1,600.

The reserve grand champion was exhibited by Shane Anderson of Delta, and his lamb brought $1,500.

The final junior market show was the beef show, which was held on Aug. 9.

Shane Anderson exhibited the grand champion beef, and his steer sold for $3,500.

The reserve grand champion was shown by Taylor Carsten, selling for $3,600.

The livestock sale was held on Aug. 10, and the sale brought in a total of $256,250 for the Delta County 4-H and FFA members.

This included: $106,550 for 35 beef animals, $2,800 for 10 chicken pens, $26,175 for 31 goats, $27,650 for 25 lambs, $650 for two rabbit pens, $90,850 for 67 swine and $1,575 for six pens of turkeys.

New to the junior market show this was a cheese auction, in which students participated in a one day milk-out of their cattle, and however much cheese that milk would have produced, they got to sell during the livestock auction.

The parade was also held the same day, before the sale, and the Grand Marshal was Jo Gore, a Delta County native. Gore is a member of the Delta Cattle Cattlewomen, and over the years has served in several leadership roles.

She has also involved in the Western Colorado Cattlewomen Council, Colorado Cattlewomen and Delta County Livestock Association.

That evening, the Rocky Mountain Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding, Mutton Bustin' and Calf Ridin' was held to finish off the fair.

Other night events during the fair included the Team Roping Saddle Shootout, an antique tractor pull, demolition derby and ranch rodeo.

During the fair is also when the queen contest is held.

This year's queen was Samantha Heinze. She is currently a junior in high school, and will be graduating early to pursue a career in nursing. She previously served as the 2008 Jr. Princess, and the 2009 Princess for the Delta County Fair.

The 2013 Princess was Selbi Shenold, and the junior princess was Kaitlyn Sharpe.

The theme for the show was "Country Pride is County Wide." ❖