Needville Middle School sixth-grader Zane Atkinson, 11, showed the grand champion goat at this year’s Fort Bend County Fair. His parents are Mark and Marissa Atkinson.
After eight years of showing goats, Foster High School senior Wyatt Boyd exhibited the reserve champion goat. His parents are Mike and Diane Boyd.
Wyatt, a member of the Foster FFA, comes from a successful goat-raising family. His sister Brittney showed the grand champion goat and lamb in 2005 and the grand champion goat and reserve champion lamb in 2008. Wyatt, who plans to go to college and study engineering, said the family trophy case has more than 100 buckles won during livestock shows over the years.
Both Atkinson and Boyd are eligible to sell their prize-winning goats at the Junior Livestock Auction on Thursday. The sale begins at 7 p.m.
The top 25 goats are eligible for the action. The next 15 goats not eligible for the auction are eligible for the freezer sale. Goat show judge Jess Yeoman said he was impressed by the quality of the goats shown this year. The top 25 goats were raised, in order, by Zane Atkinson, Wyatt Boyd, Nicholas Hall (2018 grand champion goat exhibitor), Peyton Boettcher, Bailie Pittman, Mason Stanley, Cheyenne Hartfield, Cale Dannhaus (2018 reserve champion goat exhibitor), Abbey Myska, Carson Tisdel, Keeli Teykl, Rachael Chandler, Connor Atkinson, Cade Dannhaus, Jayden Moon-Schneckenaichner, Cash Morrison, Kyle Segura, Megan Vacek, Megan Lesikar, Allison Pergande, Dahlia Davila, Austin Stanley, Taylor Robeson, Katelyn Rushing and Logan Vacek.