The Goats of The Muskingum County Fair

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum County Fair is goat-ally awesome! 

There’s rides, plenty of delicious food, cute animals to visit and plenty of fun! 

Among the animals and livestock at the fair were goats, with Pygmy to dairy among the breeds being shown in the barn!

Peyton Joy, a 4-H member participating in her last year at the fair, was in attendance with her breeding goat Roxie, as well as a market goat she sold, named Joe Burrow, after the Cincinnati Bengals star quarterback!

“I love showing. I’ve been showing ever since I was old enough to, like 8 years old. I’ve showed everything from pigs to sheep to goats. And it’s just fun to share it with the people you love, and your friends that you make, so it’s been really nice,” Joy said.

Goats were shown and judged, beginning with Pygmy, Dairy, and Market goats on Monday and all others on Wednesday, as well as a Market Wether sale Thursday. Fairgoers were able to visit the goats and interact with them all week. 

As Joy’s final 4-H experience at the fair comes to a close, she leaves continuing and future members with some advice.

“Never give up. You’re gonna get frustrated. It’s not always about winning. You’re gonna get beaten down, but never give up and keep working through it because it’s all about having fun ,” she said.

She thanks her parents, advisors, and all the friends she’s made throughout her time in 4-H for their help and support through it all!

The 2022 Muskingum County Fair concluded this evening but will return next year with plenty more 4-H fun!

Maggie Warren
Maggie was born and raised in Speedway, Indiana where she developed her love and passion for weather, IndyCar and F1, hockey, and baseball, especially the Detroit Red Wings and the Cincinnati Reds. When she's not at work, she enjoys binge-watching her favorite tv shows, writing, hiking, and doing pretty much any outdoor activity! Maggie graduated from Ball State University, where she majored in meteorology/climatology, in Fall 2020. While at Ball State, she was a member of the Storm Chase Team and Cardinal Weather Service. She is also a member of the American Meteorological Society. She loves exploring new places, so if you have any recommendations of places she should visit, let her know! And if you see her around town, don't be shy, say hi!