Fair offers goat obstacle course for 'kids'
A little known highlight of the Clackamas County Fair took place on Thursday, Aug. 17 when contestants gathered in the grass show ring with their goats for the goat obstacle course.
Participants had to guide their goats over a bridge, under a tent and through sprinkling water, among other obstacles.
Emily Werth, 12, from Sandy Livestock participated in the event with her goat Aurora, 3, a Nigerian Dwarf. The day before the obstacle course, Werth won champion in showmanship for the junior dairy goat competition. Though she's shown rabbits before, this was her first year showing livestock. Werth said her goat Aurora can be stubborn at times and tends to walk in horse-prance. But Werth overcame the goat's quirks to win the championship and her first belt buckle. With the win, she went on to compete in the master showmanship contest on Friday, Aug. 18.
"4-H is awesome," Werth said. "[Fair] is the highlight of my summer. It's probably one of the best things I've done."
Other participants included Caroline Romero with her Lamancha goat Elenor, and Alea Wagner with her friend's Lamancha goat Gingersnap.