Showmanship took center stage during the opening day of the Prairie Home Fair as sheep and goats were showcased by their young owners.
A little rumble of thunder and some drizzle did little to deter the fair as it entered into its 98th year. While few people were gathered on the main grounds of the fair most were gathered to see sheep and goats in a building on the west end of the grounds.
An array of awards were handed out for first though third places, including overall grand champions in each category.
Bailey Young won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the ewe sheep class.
"I feel kind of happy I got Grand Champion. I will go off to the Missouri State Fair and see what I can do there," Young said.
She said she has put a tremendous amount of work into her sheep project.
"When I got them, they did not look too good. I worked with them ever since," Young said.
The goat show followed soon after the sheep exited the arena.
Morgan Beach, who has been participating in the fair for 10 years, said it is nice to come every year to support the fair. Beach won Grand Champion in the yearling goat division.
"I guess after enough years of breeding goats you eventually end up at the top. It is nice to see after so many years," Beach said.
The Prairie Home Fair continues until Saturday.
Other winners in the sheep and goat competiton were as follows:
Class 1 - First, Jayden Klund; second - Jayden Klund; and third -William Hodges.
Class 2 - First, Morgan Beach; second, Morgan Beach; and third - Ethan Hodges.
Class 3 - First, Creighton Sapp; second, Bailey Young; and third, Bailey Young.
Grand Champion Market Lamb went to Creighton Sapp.
Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb went to Morgan Beach.
Jr. Showmanship - First, Jayden Klund; second, William Hodges; third, Ava Burnett; and fourth, Chayce Klund.
Senior Showmanship - first, Creighton Sapp; second, Bailey Young; and third, Ethan Hodges.
Suffock Ewe Class - First, Bailey Young; second, Bailey Young; third, Morgan Beach; fourth, Riley Foster; and fifth, Ava Burnett.
Dorset Ewe Class - Jayden Klund placed first and won Grand Champion
Bailey Young won both Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Ewe.
Class 1 - First, Amber Carmichael; second, Seth Kuda; and third, Seth Kuda.
Class 2 - First, Creighton Sapp and second, Morgan Beach.
Grand Champion Market Goat went to Amber Carmichael.
Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat was won by Creighton Sapp.
Page 2 of 2 - Junior Goat Showmanship - First, Alexis Martin and second, Adrianna Day.
Senior Goat Showmanship was won by Amber Carmichael.
First place and Grand Champion was won by Seth Kuda.
First place and Grand Champion went to Morgan Beach.
Overall Percentage Does
Grand Champion was won by Morgan Beach and Reserve Champion went to Seth Kuda.
Full Blood Does
Junior - First, Alexis Martin; second, Morgan Beach; third, Morgan Beach; and fourth, Seth Kuda.
Alexis Martin won Full Blood Junior Grand Champion and Morgan Beach received Full Blood Junior Reserve Grand Champion.
Full Blood Yearlings
12-18 months - First, Morgan Beach
18-24 Months - First, Morgan Beach
Full Blood Yearling Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion went to Morgan Beach.
Winning first and Buck Overall Grand Champion was Seth Kuda.