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Weld County Fair: Eaton 12-year-old has golden goat

Bill Jackson
Greeley, Colo.

ERIC BELLAMY/ebellamy@greeleytribune.comENLARGE

lyssa DePorter has her sights set pretty high.

But she took the second step to her goal Thursday at the Weld County Fair when Jinx, her 93-pound goat, was chosen as overall grand champion of the market goat show by Preston Faris, who came to Greeley from Texas to evaluate this year’s 254 entries.

Alyssa is 12, but Jinx was her second grand championship at a Weld fair. Last year, she had the grand champion at the market swine show.

“We want to win every species before she’d done,” Travis DePorter said of his daughter, who is a member of the Wyatt 4-H Club in Ault. Jinx was one of two goats he had traveled 1,100 miles to buy earlier this year in Gatesville, Texas, from Mike Harbour, a market goat breeder. The other goat, Alyssa said, will go to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo later this year.

The overall reserve championship went to 8-year-old Alaina Endreson of Briggsdale, who is in her first year as a member of the Crow Creek 4-H Club. She was proud of the two medals and four ribbons she’s won at the fair and was quick to point out she was also the reserve champion in gardening.

She said she bought her goat from a friend and that it weighed 95 pounds.

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“I didn’t think I would do this good, though,” she said, holding tight to a trophy that was almost as big as she is.

Faris, a retired extension agent from Sonora, Texas, said he started judging goat shows in 1971 and came to Greeley after judging the show at the Ohio State Fair last week. It was, he said, the third time he’s judged the Weld show, and he’s enjoyed the experience. He’s judged all across the U.S. as well as in Canada and Australia.

“Today was a great show with some quality goats. All the division champions and reserve champions were quality animals and there were a lot of good classes out there,” he said of the process that started at 8 a.m. and didn’t end until mid-afternoon.

Today, the grand champion market beef and market lamb will be chosen and Saturday, the market swine show will start at 8 a.m. in the Exhibition Building at Island Grove Regional Park. The top animals in those divisions, along with some chickens, turkeys and rabbits, will go on auction starting at 3 p.m. Monday in the Event Center.

While Faris said he always enjoys evaluating quality animals, Weld also had something more special.

“I was impressed with the quality of the kids who brought goats to the show. They were clean-cut and courteous, and for an old geezer like me, that’s important. You also had people out there who know how to run a show like this and that’s the reason we moved through them as fast as we did,” Faris said.

lyssa DePorter has her sights set pretty high.

But she took the second step to her goal Thursday at the Weld County Fair when Jinx, her 93-pound goat, was chosen as overall grand champion of the market goat show by Preston Faris, who came to Greeley from Texas to evaluate this year’s 254 entries.

Alyssa is 12, but Jinx was her second grand championship at a Weld fair. Last year, she had the grand champion at the market swine show.

“We want to win every species before she’d done,” Travis DePorter said of his daughter, who is a member of the Wyatt 4-H Club in Ault. Jinx was one of two goats he had traveled 1,100 miles to buy earlier this year in Gatesville, Texas, from Mike Harbour, a market goat breeder. The other goat, Alyssa said, will go to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo later this year.

The overall reserve championship went to 8-year-old Alaina Endreson of Briggsdale, who is in her first year as a member of the Crow Creek 4-H Club. She was proud of the two medals and four ribbons she’s won at the fair and was quick to point out she was also the reserve champion in gardening.

She said she bought her goat from a friend and that it weighed 95 pounds.

“I didn’t think I would do this good, though,” she said, holding tight to a trophy that was almost as big as she is.

Faris, a retired extension agent from Sonora, Texas, said he started judging goat shows in 1971 and came to Greeley after judging the show at the Ohio State Fair last week. It was, he said, the third time he’s judged the Weld show, and he’s enjoyed the experience. He’s judged all across the U.S. as well as in Canada and Australia.

“Today was a great show with some quality goats. All the division champions and reserve champions were quality animals and there were a lot of good classes out there,” he said of the process that started at 8 a.m. and didn’t end until mid-afternoon.

Today, the grand champion market beef and market lamb will be chosen and Saturday, the market swine show will start at 8 a.m. in the Exhibition Building at Island Grove Regional Park. The top animals in those divisions, along with some chickens, turkeys and rabbits, will go on auction starting at 3 p.m. Monday in the Event Center.

While Faris said he always enjoys evaluating quality animals, Weld also had something more special.

“I was impressed with the quality of the kids who brought goats to the show. They were clean-cut and courteous, and for an old geezer like me, that’s important. You also had people out there who know how to run a show like this and that’s the reason we moved through them as fast as we did,” Faris said.