COLUMBIA — Beyoncé made an appearance at the Boone County Fair on Thursday afternoon.
"She was always a diva," Ashlena Harrison, 14, said about her goat with the famous name.
Beyoncé, dressed as a medieval jouster, and her cohorts were taking part in the Dairy Goat Fun Show. Owners and goats alike donned wild outfits for the show, which consisted of a costume contest followed by a game of musical chairs — played by the goats, of course.
A baseball player goat, unicorn goat, soldier goat, pirate goat and nurse goat joined Beyoncé in parading around the breezy barn to the bleats of their onlooking, uncostumed brethren.
Bonnie, the unicorn, chewed on her ribbons. Isabella Wesselmann, 10, her owner, straightened Bonnie's crown as the goat procession began.
Spongebob, Daniel Boone and Truman the Tiger were other participants in the contest. Everyone was a winner, each participant receiving a goodie bag.
"Goats have personalities like people," Harrison said. "They each look different and act different, and some like you more than others. You can grow a bond with each goat."
Alyssa Wesselmann, Isabella's older sister, said she has had goats since she was 12 and loves the show. She said that seeing everyone and trying to convince people that goats are the best is her favorite part.
"Goat owners have the most fun," Alyssa said.
Isabella said showing goats is fun and likes that it teaches her more about goats.
Ashlena and her sister, Alicen, both show their goats at a higher level outside the Boone County Fair. They've been entering the fair for five or six years now, and last year both of their goats won grand champion in their respective categories. They think their goats will do well in the Boone County contest this year.
These dairy goats will be judged at 6 p.m. Saturday in the MFA Pavilion at the fairgrounds.
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