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Weld County Fair Goat Show highlights rising popularity of goat-showing

Mary-Kate Newton
Greeley Tribune

Karsyn Fetzer is the only fourth-grader at Platte Valley Elementary School in Kersey who shows goats.

Her four-legged proteges are a hit at sleepovers, and a few friends have come along for shows in the past, but Karsyn’s hobby is very different from those of most 9-year-olds.

“It’s cool doing something so different,” Karsyn said Sunday before the Weld County Fair Boer Goat Show at the Island Grove Regional Park Event Center.

Though goat-showing is a unique hobby around her friends, Karsyn’s two older siblings also show goats, and her mother, Jennifer Fetzer, is on the board of the Weld County Meat Goat Breeders.

Fetzer was an integral part of starting the “show series” of goat shows this year. The show series involves more showmanship opportunities, explained Donald Johnston, president of the Weld County Meat Goat Breeders and superintendent of goats for the Weld County Fair.

First place wins a goat stand, show box, blower and clippers to keep their prize-winning goat in show-shape.

Johnston said before goat showing became popular, meat goats were sold for $10. Now, goats can range from $75 to $1,000 at high-end breeding goat prices. Even with current market prices, however, raising a goat is more economical than raising cattle or other show animals.

“They are a little less expensive to raise, but what has made them so popular is they’re personal,” Johnston said. “Sometimes you can turn a goat into a dog. People love the personalities.”

Karsyn said her two goats Hershey and Shilo have distinct personalities. “Shilo is a friendly goat. Hershey is a wacko.”

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