By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun
Meet Sheila. And Leisha. And Speedy and Jumper and Skittles and M&M. The grand array of goats and sheep are all among headliners at the Quay County Fair.
The annual extravaganza, which opens with carnival rides on Wednesday, offers other livestock, arts, crafts and exhibit booths — not to mention corn dogs and cotton candy.
This year’s fair includes a couple of unique events, said Brenda Bishop, Quay County home economist. The Catch-It-Heifer scramble at 8 p.m. Tuesday gives registered kids a chance to catch an animal, then raise it and breed it on their own. The cake bake lets people who don’t raise animals participate in the fair; the winning recipe will be bid for in a silent auction.
There is something for everyone at the fair, Bishop said.
Some like Blake Moon fancy displaying their animals.
“I always really loved showing goats,” said the 11-year-old fair regular who has five goats this year. “They’re gentle and act like dogs once they get to know you.” Besides, she said, they’re fun — especially when they break through the gate.
“They really like it when they get loose; they are just happy then,” Moon said.
Richard Rush, 12, who is entering two sheep, also enjoys showing off his animals. He is also thrilled by hanging out with friends and the rivalry.
“The competition is fun, knowing to be able to win you have to know how to do everything right,” he said.
Richard’s brother Randall Rush, 10, remains undecided about his favorite part of the fair.
“I like the whole thing,” he said. Besides showing his animals, which this year includes two sheep, he is keen on the wide variety of exhibits — where he entered some leatherwork in 2004.
Other events include a flea market, pet parade and watermelon feed.
“It’s a great place to go,” Moon said. “It’s a lot of fun, with a carnival and animals to look at. It’s the best part of the whole year,” she said.