Patterson kids were spread throughout the auction. Local Bailey Boschi, 17, sold one of the morning’s most attractive market goats, a boer goat named Ernie. Ernie helped win Boschi the title of FFA Reserve Grand Champion during the week’s competitions, which is fourth place overall in the market goat category.
“I feel really happy about it, because I bred and raised my own animals,” said Boschi. “And most of the kids that show at fairs don’t do that, so I’m really pleased with it. This market goat, he was born in December, and I raised his mom from when she was a baby a couple of years back.”
Boschi has been showing at the County Fair since she was 9 years old. She started with 4-H and became involved with FFA during her eighth-grade year. Boschi raises both market and breeding goats.
“I just love being around the animals because I was raised in the country,” said Boschi. “I grew up raising goats. … I love being able to be a role model to young girls, to help them learn the ropes.”
Junior swine and beef raisers from Patterson had a strong presence as well. Katealynn Schali of 4-H showed the heaviest animal in the market beef section at 1,503 pounds. Patterson 4-H’s swine group placed second out of all 4-H swine groups this year, a substantial feat, as Patterson’s is one of the smallest in the county. Justin Liden, 11, showed with them for the first time this year, and ended up placing sixth for showmanship in his novice class.
“He really had a good time doing 4-H,” said mother Jesica Liden. “It was his first time, and there was a lot for him to learn.”
Sons of Patterson 4-H swine leader Greg Stonebarger, Mason, 14, and Carson, 12, both showed for their third year. Unfortunately, Mason’s pig hurt itself in its pen.
“We both got really good pigs, but his did better than mine because mine could not walk,” said Mason.
“If his could walk, he would’ve done way better than mine,” added Carson supportively.
The Lidens bought their own show pigs from the auction so that they would not get slaughtered and could be bred, hopefully producing more pigs that the Lidens would showcase or sell to others to raise for the fair next year.
Auction day can be a sad day for many other kids, however, who have to say goodbye to the animals they had spent months and months raising and preparing for the fair. But Boschi brushed off this reporter’s attempt to get an easy tearjerking closer.
“I’ve been around enough to know that’s how it is,” said Boschi, “that I could come home and I have a whole bunch of other goats I could just go to.”
Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892 6187 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org