This is one in a series of photo stories about mid-Missouri residents who have been preparing for this year's Boone County Fair.
Tessa Chambers, 16, will be showing two boer goats at the Boone County Fair next week.
Chambers is part of the FFA Organization and is the parliamentarian for the Woodlandville Missouri 4-H Club. One of the nation’s largest youth development organization, 4-H stands for head, heart, hands and health.
At the fair, the community shows support to the youth and the program by bidding on the pound at a price above the market level.
In preparation for the Boone County Fair, Chambers has been feeding her two boer bucks, Earl and Hoss, at her home in Fayette. Earl, who was born in December, has been growing 0.16 pounds a day, while Hoss, born in March, has put on 0.14 pounds a day. "It’s not that good, but it’s OK,” she said.
The goats had their first show at the Howard County Fair on June 28. "Show experience is easier every time you do it,” Chambers explained. The goats get used to being around other people. Earl, weighing 48 pounds, won first place in his class.
In 2011, one of Chambers' bucks placed third in his class at the Boone County Fair goat show. "He wasn’t that good. We didn’t have as many [goats] to choose from last year," Chambers' father, Doug Chambers, said.
"But this year we do," Tessa added.
The Boone County Fair will be July 24–28 at the Central Missouri Event Center, 5212 N. Oakland Gravel Road.