Area youth to show dairy goats in Pride of the Plains weekend

Youth owners of registered or purebred dairy goats, from around the central plains region will be coming to the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro May 27 and 28 for a variety of fun and educational events culminating in a nine-breed dairy-goat show.

Organizers for the event said they were expecting 100 to 200 dairy goats and owners and families to attend the two-day Pride of the Plains Youth Dairy Show event.

Check-in at the fairgrounds will begin around 4 p.m. and continue through Saturday morning.

Friday evening events include a goat knowledge Quiz Bowl at 7 p.m. and an ongoing, walk-through dairy goat-judging contest that will continue through Saturday noon.

Saturday morning will bring showmanship classes, ongoing management and tool identification contests, and the traditional dairy-goat show.

Throughout the weekend, doelings from each breed of dairy goat will be offered in a raffle, with tickets selling for $5 each. Winners of the doelings must be under age 20, and they must be present during the drawing that will be at the close of the show Saturday afternoon to claim their new dairy goats.

Breeders from across the central plains region have donated top-quality doelings for the fund raiser and the public is invited to participate.

Other miscellaneous items will be available in the drawing and on display throughout the weekend. A silent auction featuring a buckling and doeling from each breed will also be offered at the close of the show.

Buyers of any age may bid on the animals in the silent auction, as well as miscellaneous raffle items. They need not be present to win, as long as transportation arrangements are made for the winners.

All proceeds will be put toward show expenses and future dairy goat events for the youth of this region.

“We look forward to sharing the opportunities of the Hillsboro Folk Festival and the Pride of the Plains Youth Dairy Goat Show and feel that participants from both events will be able to overlap and enjoy the activities planned for that area of town,” said Jennifer Stultz, local youth dairy goat show committee member.

Entry forms for the show, as well as more information about the event, are available from Diane Kruger (620-367-2677 or, Roberta Wilkinson (316-788-4215 or or Jennifer Stultz (gravelends@netks. net).

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