There were criminals and plenty of cops at the Pretty Goat contest Tuesday evening at The Great Frederick Fair as FFA and 4-H club members, along with their younger siblings, paraded their costumed goats around the ring.
Oreo had sirens blazing on top of his horns as cops Austin Van Echo, 4, and his brother Tristan, 7, and goat Brownie charged on to the scene after their bank robber brother Tyrone, 7. They put the scene of the crime on lockdown and Tyrone in jail, but no worries: He was advised to join 4-H to turn his life around.
The boys earned second place in the pre-4-H division, while Michael Bloomfield stole the hearts of the crowd and first place as Milk Man, the masked avenger, with his trusty sidekick, Hershey, spreading a love of goat’s milk around the world.
Also top in class was Jack the pirate goat, who is really named Dot Dot, and owner Madison Umberger, who swept the decks with their “Goats of the Caribbean” theme and stole first prize from her three other competitors. Madison has been a member of Greener Pastures 4-H Club for three years, and she has won with Dot Dot the two other years she has competed.
“She showed pride,” Madison said of the two previous years, and Tuesday’s showing was no different.
Shannen Moates, 12, stepped up the glitz level with her goat, Star, this year with full face paint, wig and costume for her and a Cheshire cat shirt and mask for Star. This is Shannen’s second year with the Walkersville 4-H Club.
“It’s a bit more over the top than last year,” Shannen said.
The extravagance paid off, and led her to a second-place ribbon, which was an improvement from her third-place showing the year before.
Adelia Chandan, 16, and her goat, Hazelnut, wrapped up the evening with a tribute to police officers. Hazlenut tipped her hat to the judges (with the assistance of Adelia). Adelia has been a member of the Urbana FFA chapter for three years, and she hopes to be back next year to defend her title, she said.
“This year [police officers] didn’t get treated that well, so we both think that they should be represented as the good guys, not the bad guys,” Adelia said.