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Nebraska State Fair 2011 


Showmanship:

Junior (Molly's Purple Goat): Kelsey Robinson 

Intermediate: Joseph Larson

Senior: Katie Bunde 


Molly's Purple Goat Award is presented to the winner of the Junior Showmanship class. This special award was established in memory of Molly Anna Meador, daughter of Juli and Kevin, a gift that we were able to cherish for the 8 years that she resided among us.  Shortly after the 2005 state fair, Molly was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer of the nervous system. Molly was raised on the outskirts of Omaha with a wide variety of animals, all of whom she loved. She also loved to color and draw.  Whenever she drew, she used bright colors - including her favorite color, purple. This year's purple goat winner was Kelsey Robinson from Prosser, NE.


SAANEN

GCH: Triple-S-Farms Ajal Becca - Nancy Songs, Wamego KS

RGCH:  Triple-S-Farms Ajad Brooke - Nancy Songs, Wamego KS


TOGGENBURG

GCH: Dry Creek Acres Brownsugar - Melissa O'Rourke, IA

RGCH: Dry Creek Acres Awesome - Melissa O'Rourke, Rock Valley IA


NIGERIAN DWARF

GCH: AKBJ Flit Hope Honey - Jennifer Riekeman, Abilene KS

RGCH: AKBJ MM Charity's Chaya - Karla Riekeman, Abilene KS


RECORDED GRADE

GCH: AKBJ Romeo Rajas Raven - Ashley Dester, Abilene KS

RGCH: New Dreams Mochas Buffy - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE


ALPINE

GCH: Redwood Hills X-Rated Samba - J Schram, Plattsmouth NE

RGCH:K-Diamond Dueces Golden Dream - Autumn Pitzer, St George KS


LaMANCHA

GCH:  T?hy?la Kes? Topaz - Butch Hassler, Sutton NE

RGCH: Whisper-N-Creek Chiffon - Jill Lindstrom, Wagner SD


NUBIAN

GCH: Hansen Haven Jade's Jina - Barb Hansen, Firth NE

RGCH: Cole's Kids Belle O' the Ball - Cole Meador, Lincoln NE


OBERHASLI

GCH: Harmony Beaugitta Maria - Joseph Larson, Windsor CO

RGCH:New Dreams Cee Eclipse - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE


Best Doe in Show:

Alpine: Redwood Hills X-Rated Samba - J Schram, Plattsmouth NE


Senior Show, August 28, 2011


SAANEN

GCH: Mega-Milkers Pure Arrogance - Karen Butler, Carpenter WY

RGCH: Triple-S-Farms TNXI Zabrina - Nancy Songs, Wamego KS

BOB: Mega-Milkers Pure Arrogance - Karen Butler, Carpenter WY


SABLE

GCH & Bob: Triple-S-Farms Zaylee - Nancy Songs, Wamego KS


TOGGENBURG

GCH: Dry Creek Acres Wiota - Melissa O'Rourke, Rock Valley IA

RGCH: Dry Creek Acres Xallie - Melissa O'Rourke, Rock Valley IA

BOB: Dry Creek Acres Wruby - Melissa O'Rourke, Rock Valley IA


NIGERIAN DWARF

GCH: Wood Bridge Farm Delphinium - Barb Nissen, Prague NE

RGCH: Whispering Tales Strawberry - Barb Nissen, Prague NE

BOB: Wood Bridge Farm Delphinium - Barb Nissen, Prague NE


RECORDED GRADE

GCH: New Dreams Macaroon - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE

RGCH: New Dreams Pandona - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE

BOB: GCH White Haven Mocha - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE


ALPINE

GCH:  GCH Pearl Valley Nivasha - Joseph Larson, Windsor CO

RGCH:  Moore's-Meadow Answer Me - Jill Lindstrom, Wagner SD

BOB: SGCH Harmony ES Con Bria - Joseph Larson, Windsor CO


LAMANCHA

GCH: SG Barnowl Corteo - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE

RGCH: Whisper-N-Creek L Polly Pearl - Jill Lindstrom, Wagner SD

BOB: SG Barnowl Corteo - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE


NUBIAN

GCH:  Regehr's Peaches N Cream - Barb Regehr, Hutchinson KS

RGCH: Mega-Milkers Town Girl - Karen Butler, Carpenter WY

BOB: Whimsical Kids Clarabelle - Delaney Schmer, Lingle WY


OBERHASLI

GCH: New Dreams Toxic Potion - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE

RGCH: New Dreams Fudge Frosting - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth

BOB: : New Dreams Toxic Potion - Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth NE


Best Doe in Show:

Alpine:   Harmony ES Con Bria - Joseph Larson, Windsor CO


Best Udder in Show: SG Barnowl Ricci Q - Joseph Larson, Windsor, CO 

Nebraska Dairy Herd: Jennifer Schram, Plattsmouth, NE 


Pictured below:

Best Doe In Show: Harmony Es Con Bria and Exhibitor Joseph Larson with the judge, Elizabeth Henning 








 

 

            The 141st Nebraska State Fair opened for the first time at its new location in Grand Island, Nebraska.  The open class dairy goat show competition was held on the first week-end, August 28th and 29th. We were given the new swine building to use and shared the facility with the llamas, thus invoking a friendly new rivalry (goats rule, llamas drool.)  Show rings for both species were in the same air-conditioned room, and both species seemed to enjoy their new digs, as evidenced by plenty of cud-chewing.  Cool exhibitors were equally relaxed.

            While the dairy goats showed in their usual fashion, clockwise round and round, and round and round, things were quite different in the llama ring.  The fashion show with both exhibitor and llama dressed to the nines, to the pack llama demo, to the llama obstacle course were plenty to divert the passers-by attention.  We may need to step up our game for next year with something equally exciting!

            Our judge, Doug Thompson, judged the first ever dairy goat show at the Nebraska State Fair held in 1976.  How very appropriate that he judge the first dairy goat show in its new home in Grand Island in 2010.

 

 

 

State Fair Results: Dairy Goat

 

617 goats shown

Premier Exhibitor: Jill Denker, SD

Nebraska Dairy Herd: Nubilop-Acres; Stertz

Judge Doug Thompson, Minnesota

 

SHOWMANSHIP

Junior (Molly's Purple Goat) - Kelsey Robinson, Prosser NE

Senior - Libby Ranschau, Rock Valley IA

Adult – Katie Bunde, Doniphan NE

 

JUNIOR DOE SHOW

Oberhasli

CH New Dreams JR Toxic Addiction – Megan Okeson, NE

Res Haycreeks Playboy Glow – Michael Lindstrom, SD

 

Saanen

CH Two-Ceders Arie – Jamie Burks, MO

Res Triple-S-Farms DSM Alexa – Nancy Songs, KS

 

Sable

CH Two-Ceders Anaka – Jamie Burks, MO

Res Klisse's KGB Buffaloberry – Jamie Burks, MO

 

Toggenburg

CH Dry Creek Acres Allye-Oop – Skoda/O'Rourke, IA

Res Dry Creek Acres Zallie – Skoda/O'Rourke, IA

 

Nigerian Dwarf

CH Tiny Tales Farm Pocahontas –  Walker, KS

Res Beards + Tales Farm Cindy Bear – Brandon Fay, KS

 

Recorded Grade

CH Timberland Acres Peach Cobbler -  Jerry Schwennen, IA

Res R'NR-Acres Zelda – Austin Dengler, IA

 

Alpine

CH Kara-Kahl Elijah Seychelles - Jerry Schwennen, IA

Res Whisper-N-Creek Reecie – Pam Denker, SD

 

LaMancha

CH Timberland Acres T Pixie Dust -  Jerry Schwennen, IA

Res Whisper-N-Creek Wateka – Pam Denker, SD

 

Nubian

CH Goldthwaite Silverette – Beverly Goldthwaite, CO

Res Cole's Kids Heatwave Kocopelli – Cole Meador, NE

 

BDIS – Recorded Grade (Schwennen's Peach Cobbler)

 

            The      Junior Showmanship class had plenty of competitors this year.  Good news for the future of the dairy goat industry.  Molly's Purple Goat Award is presented to the winner of the Junior Showmanship class.  This special award was established in memory of Molly Anna Meador, daughter of Juli and Kevin, a gift that we were able to cherish for the 8 years that she resided among us.  Shortly after the 2005 state fair, Molly was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer of the nervous system.  Molly was raised on the outskirts of Omaha with a wide variety of animals, all of whom she loved.  She also loved to color and draw.  Whenever she drew, she used bright colors - including her favorite color, purple. This year's purple goat winner was Kelsey Robinson from Prosser, NE.

            Juli also spoiled us (again) with gourmet snacks at the hospitality table she loves to set up for the exhibitors every year.

 

 

SENIOR DOE SHOW

Oberhasli

CH New Dreams W Fudge Frosting – Megan Okeson, NE

Res New Dreams Tripoly - Jennifer Schram, NE

BOB New Dreams Toxic Potion - Megan Okeson, NE

Best Udder New Dreams Tripoly - Jennifer Schram, NE

 

Saanen

CH SGCH Lion's Gate WMV Afganistan – Charity Green, WY

Res Triple-S-Farms WNVD Zahara – Nancy Songs, KS

BOB SGCH Lion's Gate WMV Afganistan – Charity Green, WY

Best Udder SGCH Lion's Gate WMV Afganistan – Charity Green

 

Sable

CH Klisse's Kooh Chocolatecupcake – Klisse Foster, IN

Res GCH Klisse's KDWB Design of Hope – Klisse Foster, IN

BOB Klisse's Kooh Chocolatecupcake – Klisse Foster, IN

Best Udder Klisse's Kooh Chocolatecupcake – Klisse Foster, IN

 

Toggenburg

CH Dry Creek Acres Wruby – Skoda/O'Rourke, IA

Res Dry Creek Acres Wiota – Skoda/O'Rourke, IA

BOB Dry Creek Acres Wruby – Skoda/O'Rourke, IA

Best Udder Dry Creek Acres Wruby – Skoda/O'Rourke, IA

 

Nigerian Dwarf

CH Tiny Tales Farm Wilhelmina – David & Jeanette Walker, KS

Res Wood Bridge Farm Viancee – Barb Nissen, NE

BOB Tiny Tales Farm Wilhelmina – David & Jeanette Walker, KS

Best Udder Wood Bridge Farm Viancee – Barb Nissen, NE

 

Recorded Grade

CH Pacolu Acres P Bessie - Jerry Schwennen, IA

Res Klisse's KBB Mara – Cary Foster, IN

BOB Pacolu Acres P Bessie - Jerry Schwennen, IA

Best Udder Pacolu Acres P Bessie - Jerry Schwennen, IA

 

Alpine

CH The Whisper-N-Creek Mirage – Pam Denker, SD

Res DKR A Spice Legacy - Jerry Schwennen, IA

BOB SGCH Tempo Aquila Free Money – C&J Schram, NE

Best Udder The Whisper-N-Creek Mirage – Pam Denker, SD

 

LaMancha

CH Tempo Kersee – Megan Okeson, NE

Res Klisse's SFTT Geneva – Fosters, IN

BOB Tempo Kersee – Megan Okeson, NE

Best Udder Tempo Kersee – Megan Okeson, NE

 

Nubian

 

CH Goldthwaite Bootonniere – Beverly Goldthwaite, CO

Res Whimsical Kids Ladybug – Delaney Schmer, WY

BOB  SGCH Goldthwaite Abacadabra – Beverly Goldthwaite, CO

Best Udder Whimsical Kids Ladybug – Delaney Schmer, WY

 

BDIS – Alpine: SGCH Tempo Aquila Free Money – Schram, NE

 

BUIS – Sable: Klisse's Kooh Chocolatecupcake – Foster, IN

NEBRASKA DAIRY HERD: Nubilop Acres, Hickman NE

 

 

A Short Memoir……….

My 28 Years of the Nebraska State Fair

Open Class Dairy Goat Show

By Diana McCown, Superintendent

 BEGINNINGS

                The first Open Class Dairy Goat Show at the Nebraska State Fair was held in 1976, the Bicentennial year of the United States.  Bill and Peg Patterson, and Dick and Pat Gehrman were the initiators of the show.  With the permission of the State Fair Board, they scheduled the show, hired the judge, prepared the ring and pen stalls, and sent mail to as many goat owners as possible.  I have the original notebook used by Peg, listing possible goat exhibitors and their addresses.  There were 97 entries that year, and the judge was Doug Thompson, who is also our judge this year for the first show in Grand Island: A TRIBUTE TO THE LONGEVITY OF BOTH DOUG THOMPSON AND THE NEBRASKA STATE FAIR DAIRY GOAT SHOW!!!!

                I got my first two goats in 1978, wanting to have our own milk supply.  Never did I dream that I would fall for these lovely creatures so hard.  When I heard about the state fair show, I went to watch, and once again, I fell…for a place and an experience that I knew I couldn't live without.  After having met Bill and Peg, and the other exhibitors that year, I wanted to be a part of this exciting scene.  I entered and showed my own grade goats in 1981, without much success.  I guess Peg noticed my dedication because at the 1982 fair I was asked to help at the ringside table when an assistant was no longer able to attend.

THE SHOW

                Those days at the fair were so busy…everything was done by hand; entries were typed by Peg on an old legal-sixe typewriter, programs were hand-assembled in the early morning before the show after being printed on a mimeograph machine, premiums were entered into a receipt book and added up at ringside during the show so exhibitors could carry home their checks after Sunday dismissal.

                A particularly happy memory of mine was going with Peg to pick out the trophies.  Originally she hand-made wooden goat figures as small weather vanes…two beautiful pieces that I still treasure in my home.  But later she and I went to an excellent potter and ordered hand-thrown bowls and vases specially marked with champion designations, some of which I was honored to win. 

                At first the show was on Saturday and included both the Junior and Senior shows.  That is until, in 1981, we had a show with a substitute judge, Marilyn Wherry, that began at 8a.m. and lasted until 12:30a.m. the next morning.  Other than the fortitude and wonderful patience of this tiny. little woman judge, my biggest memory was of Gordon Wilson falling off the bleacher bench at midnight because he had gone to sleep sitting there.  Liz and the rest of us were afraid he had a heart attack, but he came up laughing.  Needless to say, Bill petitioned the State Fair Board that winter to allow for a two day show in 1983:  check-in on Thursday, the Junior show on Friday, and the Senior show on Saturday including showmanship, and release on Sunday at 2p.m.

                The 1987 show was the retirement year for Bill and Peg Patterson.  They had operated the show as a team for eleven years.  Waiting in southern Kansas was their dream – a farm they had nurtured and planned for after Bill's retirement from the federal government.  In a special tribute to them, the number of goats that year was the largest ever, 512, requiring additional pens in the aisles and along the sides of the barn…a glorious finish for someone responsible for not only the shows but personally fostering the growth of dairy goats in southeast Nebraska.  Dick and Pat Gehrman were slated to take over the show in 1988 but a last minute personal obligation arose in their lives and I was asked to carry on the tradition begun by Bill and Peg.

TRADITION AND CHANGE

                There were many changed over the years.  Originally I was Secretary and a different State Fair board member was Superintendent each year.  Of course, not one of them knew anything about goats so I did all the entry and ticket work, and setting up and running the show, while he just signed his name on the ADGA papers as superintendent.  Finally the administration decided that since I did everything anyway I might as well be named Superintendent…and it was so.

                Premiums started out cheaply.  Our top premiums were $20 for Senior Grand Champion and $15 for Junior Grand Champion, and all the other premiums were priced accordingly.  We also went through a cost-cutting 5 years, when I was asked to reduce my expenses, which included firing three of the people who worked on the show.  That left me and 1 recording secretary to run the show.

                Those were also good years in which great goat people volunteered to help with many things, from sweeping floors to ring steward.  I was able to hold the line at cutting premiums.  I guess I was pretty fierce in defense of the exhibitors because the board members listened and kept the premiums where they were.  It was rough but I continued to work at improving the show thinking that an enjoyable show might balance out the cost-cutting measures for the exhibitors.

                During that time we were moved from the Swine and Goat Barn on the west side of the grounds to the 4-H barn on the east side.  At least we were the only animal exhibit in the building, not having to share the barn with the sheep.

                Our biggest complaint there was the fact that the midway was right next to the barn and those poor goats had to listen to the noise til 1a.m.  If any of you were there then, you may remember the skiddish goats in the ring in those years.  Regardless, the number of goats continued to grow at a slow rate.  I felt we were at least holding our own although there was always the fear that small classes in some of the breeds would allow fair officials to cancel one of the breed shows.  Never happened!         

                Finally, with a new fair manager we were able to move back to our original barn.  Then came the days of "barn-sharing" with the hogs.  We built barriers and put up panels to separate the two species, partly because of disease possibilities, and also because most goats are afraid of hogs.  We even had to show in a small, quickly constructed arena in the east end of the barn.  Quite uncomfortable for goats and exhibitors alike…some goats had to be penned at the far west end of the barn and the air was filled with competing judge's voices detailing the winners of either show, quite often at the same time, so no one could hear well.

                About that time, with much urging from yours truly, the new manager realized that premiums across the different animal shows were unbalanced, and in some cases well below that of other species.  Then came the first of two increases in premiums.  The first year they were raised by 1/3.  The next year, and to the present time, they were greatly increased to be worth more than $20,000.  Once I put information on line about the huge increase in premiums, more and more exhibitors began to include the state fair show in their schedules; and I'm happy to say that I think most exhibitors have really enjoyed the show above and beyond the wonderful premiums.  Just a side note: many people were afraid that in our move to Grand Island premiums would be cut or entry fees would increase.  I got assurance from (again) a new manager that dollar amounts would not change, and that we could look forward to a bigger and better fair in Grand Island.

                I now have a wonderful collection of employees who see to it that the show runs quickly and smoothly.  My part has been reduced since the fair administration went technical and purchased a show computer program several years ago.  Now many of the entries are done on line and the "kinks" are beginning to be worked out of the system.  The facilities are great, and for the first time we will be showing in an air-conditioned arena.

NOW COMES THE HARD PART

                Getting used to a new place many miles and years from the 140 year old State Fair at Lincoln is a challenge.  I must commute 100 miles each way, thus eliminating the number of times I can be on site preparing for the fair.  Abby Bunde has daringly committed to becoming your new superintendent.  Even though running a show of this size is new to her, she's a great trooper and has already assumed many duties that she can do living near Grand Island.

                I leave her with a committed and hard-working staff, most of whom have worked with me for a number of years.  They are friends along with being co-workers.  I'm sure that Abby, and each of them (Suzy, Linda and Sonia) will see to your needs and continue the quality and enjoyment you have come to expect from the Nebraska State Fair Open Class Dairy Goat

                                                                                                           Diana

Post Script: I thank you, my goats thank you, the state fair thanks you…and my husband thanks you!  Over the years I remember many wonderful goats who walked into the ring; I remember many excellent judges with whom I was privileged to work; but most of all I will never forget you, the exhibitors, each of you a different personality and face that I will never forget!