By Christina Calloway
For 16-year-old Kynzi Creighton, staying on top is harder than getting there, but it’s a challenge she’s willing to accept.
The junior from Elida reigned supreme at Wednesday’s Roosevelt County Fair Goat Show, winning grand champion, a step up from last year when she won reserve grand champion. Another of her goats earned reserve grand champion.
Creighton has had a good year so far, including earning the honor of becoming the state’s new junior beef ambassador.
She has been showing animals at the fair since she was 8. She’s learned a lot the last eight years.
“It’s taught me how to be responsible, have patience; it’s taught me how to respect my mom and dad,” said Creighton as she held on to her winning goat, Yogi.
She said the hardest part of showing animals is making sure they’re in tip-top shape for the show. It may be a year-round task to care for them, but she said animals tend to get stressed preparing for fair season.
Creighton also won best of show and first place for her beef ambassador fair booth. She said it wasn’t easy maintaining her animals, ambassador responsibilities and the start of school.
“On weekends I worked with my animals,” Creighton said. “At night I would come in and work on my fair booth.”
Creighton’s best friend, Elida senior Kenzee Criswell, helped Creighton show her other winning goat. Criswell said she was proud of her friend and happy to share her success with her.
“It’s awesome because we can show for each other,” Criswell said. “It brings me in like I’m part of the family.”
Hard work was a common theme for another winner in Wednesday’s goat shows. Seventh grade Dora student Kaitlyn Kircher won in the class 1 competition and won an award for showmanship, showing girls dominated the goat shows.
Kircher said she has shown goats and sheep since third grade and said it can take two to three hours a day to care for them.
“It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort,” Kircher said. “It takes a lot of patience.”
But Kircher said she wouldn’t choose any other hobby over this.
“I just enjoy it and it gives me something to do,” Kircher said.