Amidst the rides and refreshments at the Franklin County Agricultural Fair, several goats and their owners are competing for the best in show.
Six-year-old Luci Rock said she enjoys showing her goat “to show people that they’re sweet and kind to people.”
Rock and her young goat Buck earned multiple ribbons in a competition at the fair. Showing goats requires certain skills and hard work, Luci said.
“You have to hold a chain, and if it’s not walking, [you] pull its tail and it starts walking.”
Luci’s dad, Darren Rock, said his daughter is just starting out showing goats. Luci first became interested in raising and showing a goat at a recent 4-H event, he added.
“I think it’s been good for her to get her out in front of people and doing something that might be out of her comfort zone as well as getting used to animals and things like that,” Darren Rock said.
People of all ages are getting a chance to compete in various livestock competitions during the fair, which kicked off on Wednesday. In addition to goats, sheep and cattle are some of the animals competing, according to organizers.
Aside from livestock competitions, farmers have also entered competitions with their crops. Local produce is also available for sale at the fair.
“One of our main industries for generations has been agriculture,” said Michael Burnette, Franklin County economic development director.
An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people have attended the fair as of Friday afternoon, Burnette said. Organizers are hoping to exceed last year’s fair attendance, he added.
“We want people to see just how important agriculture is,” Burnette said. “And we find this is a great place to showcase that.”
The Franklin County Agricultural Fair wraps up on Saturday. The fair will be open for its final day from noon until 11 p.m., Burnette said.
The fair is located at the Franklin County Recreation Park on Sontag Road.