A first-time 4-H’er from rural Waveland took home four purple ribbons earlier this week in the Junior Goat Show at the 2020 Montgomery County 4-H Fair.
Bentley Chapman, son of Kirby and Vanessa Boyd and Tristen and Sara Chapman, spent three years in Mini 4-H before entering the big show at the age of nine.
“We live on a farm and my sister actually raises the goats that he showed,” Vanessa said. “He’s always been around animals his whole life.”
Chapman won grand champion junior Alpine doe with a goat named Marley, grand champion Nubian doe with another named Moseley and grand champion Alpine wether and reserve grand champion dairy wether with yet another, affectionately named Marvin.
“Every year they pick on letter and all the baby goats are named with that,” Vanessa said. “This year is ‘M’ and next year is ‘N.’”
The New Market Elementary student will have some bragging rights to take with him as he prepares to return to school next week.
“We are very proud of him,” Vanessa said. “It was kind of crazy because of all the
(COVID-19) and the restrictions, and showing from the truck and going home, obviously, was kind of a different style.”
Vanessa said she and others in her family have shown livestock in 4-H throughout their lives and look forward to returning to “normal.”
“Part of showing at 4-H is being there, hanging out with your friends,” Vanessa said. “Hopefully we can get back to that in 2021.”