Perry County Fair 2020-2021

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The Perry County Fair of 2020 was definitely one to remember. From showing goats in past years I can tell you we knew very little this year in comparison to the past.  Most of last year we spent jack-potting lambs, which means going to little shows and winning money or prizes and banners. Working all summer up until the date of fair was exhausting, but in the end worth it.This coming year I will be showing at, not just jackpots, but the Perry county fair as well. Even though jackpots are all I have every known, I’m so excited for this new experience. I have around it for about a year, and I’m going to work so hard to get where I want to be. Last year during the fair, I met so many new friends, and finally got out of my comfort zone. Although I didn’t show last year because I missed the dead line, I was in the barn everyday learning and trying to make myself better for this upcoming July.

This upcoming fair is going to be a very competitive one, and is going to take a lot of work to get to where I want to be; we started to have lambs in late December. It is honestly really fun to go work with the lambs, even when they are really scared at first. Being in the barn for hours at a time and going down at night to notice one is about to have babies and waiting until 11-1 in the morning to even get home can be exhausting, but in the end it is so incredible and worth all the time that we put into it. Once they get older, start to work with you, they eventually warm-up to being around people, which is truly a remarkable experience.

Showing can be one of the most stressful parts of working with livestock. It can be a challenge to not let your nerves get the best of you. Showing can also be a very intimidating process for those who are new to the process. Intimidation and nervousness can have a great impact on your performance for sure, but once you get in that show ring it’s an electrifying experience. The adrenaline rush of hearing “And the Grand Champion is…” is enough to make a person light up with anticipation; not to mention watching the judge point at your lamb is a extraordinary feeling I would not  trade for anything.

Showing at the Perry County Fair makes everything worth all the hard work put into raising animals; all the late nights, as well as running the sheep on the track in 90 degree weather would be miserable if it weren’t for the satisfaction the fair brings to people every year. Just knowing you put your all into something and it finally paying off is the best feeling, and I can’t wait to see what the fair brings this year.