Tanner Hauger knows goats.
The soon-to-be seventh grader and sixth-year member of the Milroy Go Getters 4-H Club can tell you the difference between a junior and a senior doe and knows about breeds from Alpine of Toggenburg.
After all, Hauger has been around goats on the family farm for most of his life, and since Kindergarten he has been raising and helping care for the herd on their Milroy area farm.
“When I was little my dad gave me my first goat,” Hauger said, adding he enjoys working with and learning about them.
He also enjoys telling others what he knows.
Hauger will have that opportunity this week, when he brings five goats to the Redwood County fair. He will have them on display throughout the fair and will be showing them during the goat program. That show is being held in the livestock arena July 13 starting at 3 p.m.
Over the years, Hauger has seen success at the goat show with a few champion ribbons, and while that is a lot of fun he finds it to be just as much fun being in the barn and showing the public his animals.
“I really like milking the goats at the fair,” he said. “That always seems to draw a crowd.” Hauger said he and his family have been getting the goats ready for the fair, which means trimming and clipping.
This past weekend, Hauger and his family were putting those finishing touches on the goats to show, as well as getting the other projects ready for the fair.
In addition to showing his goats, Hauger said he is also going to make a dairy poster that will be displayed at the fair and promotes the dairy industry.
He also plans to have an exhibit based on a baby goat feeder he made. Hauger took several 20-ounce bottles with rubber nipples and created a mount for them that allows the baby goats to drink from the bottles without having to be hand fed.
“We tried it out and it works pretty good,” he said.
Hauger is one of myriad 4-H members who have been putting the finishing touches on their projects over the past weekend and today, as they plan for their opportunities to show what they know in coming days.
General exhibit judging for everything from baked goods to photos and needle arts to wildlife is being held Tuesday from 3-7:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Those projects will then be on display throughout the fair.
According to Stacy Johnson, Redwood County 4-H program coordinator, one of the changes this year is the judging of the food review project at the fair in the food stand Tuesday at 7 p.m. Information about that project will be on display during entire fair, as well.
Johnson said another change this year is when the rabbit show is being held. Rather than Thursday morning, that show is being held Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. in the fair’s livestock arena.
The schedule of Thursday events includes:
• The horse show beginning at 9 a.m.
• The poultry show starting at 10 a.m.
• The goat show at 3 p.m.
• The swine show starting at 6 p.m.
The Friday schedule of events includes:
• The beef show at 9 a.m.
• Daycare day is being held starting at 9:30 a.m.
• The dairy show starting at 11:30 a.m.
• The sheep show, which starts at 6 p.m. with the Lamb Lead.
Saturday’s events are:
• The livestock auction with a welcome and breakfast stating at 9:30 and the auction at 10 a.m.
• The Premier Showman contest is being held at approximately 12 p.m.
• This year all of the demonstrations are being judged during the fair. Those will be presented starting at 3 p.m.
Sunday’s schedule of events includes:
• The Redwood County 4-H breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
• The Fashion Revue show at 1 p.m.
• The awards program and graduation recognition starting at 5 p.m.
More than 1,700 projects are registered to be exhibited during the county fair this year, and the public is encouraged to visit all of the livestock barns and the exhibit building to see what local 4-H youth have been up to over the past year.
Hauger said it was sitting down to watch the goat show when he was younger which convinced him that was something he wanted to try, and now he enjoys the chance let others know what he knows during the fair.