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Saturday animal showcases show hard work of exhibitors

| October 5, 2020

Despite the chilly morning, and COVID restrictions, exhibitors at the Coshocton County Fair livestock shows were well supported by family and friends on Saturday, Oct. 3. According to Carol Rinehart, the number of entries was lower than usual, but everyone was happy to be able to have the showcases for the youth.

Kaylee Brehm, a member of Hooves, Hands and Hearts 4-H club, has been showing animals for nine years. She was showing a chicken, a duck and a turkey on Saturday. “I like showing the turkey best. He’s easier to handle and they are cleaner.” Brehm said she showed a duck first because her neighbor showed ducks and she really liked them. “Ducks are really friendly.”

Then she decided to go the whole nine yards and show all three animals. “For the chicken, I have to make sure it is clean and well-hydrated. The judge evaluates while I hold it. Chickens are easiest because they aren’t very spunky.” She said if her chicken does get excited, she just puts her hand on the bottom of its neck and hold the wings. “I’m not nervous. I’m just glad we got to show this year. It’s a bummer that we can’t do showmanship, though.”

This was Natalie Huston’s second year to show a chicken. She is a member of Raising Champions 4-H club. “I like chickens because they are funny. I’m a little bit nervous.” Huston said she has to clean her chicken before she shows it.

Sheldon Stotts is also a member of Raising Champions 4-H club and it is his second year of showing chickens. “I just enjoy working with animals. Next year, I’m going to show a duck, too.” Stotts said the judge looks at the shape of the breast, wing size and to see how healthy the chicken looks. “Sometimes, keeping the chicken calm is hard, but I just pet it if it gets excited. I’m just really glad we get to show this year.”

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