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Allison Fister, shown here at Bi-Water Farm this summer,
raised a grand champion boer goat at the Kentucky State
FFA's Fister, mechanics team win at state
By JEFF KERR
Two more state champions have been added to
the roster of champs at Scott County High School, and both wear
the blue and gold of the FFA.
Allison Fister had the grand champion boer goat in the 4-H and
FFA competition at the 103rd Kentucky State Fair in Louisville,
and the SCHS FFA agriculture mechanics team won the state
championship and will head for national competition at the
National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.
Fister's goat will be featured at 5:15 p.m.
Thursday at the fair when the annual Sale of Champions is held.
"Allison's goat was the winner out of 347 entries," said Regina
Fritsch, SCHS FFA advisor. "The Sale of Champions is an elite
sale, and only grand champions and reserve champions are in it."
This is the 28th year for the Sale of Champions but only the
second that market goats have been featured.
The sale auctions off the grand and reserve champion steers,
hogs, lambs and boer goats. Last year, the eight animals
auctioned raised a record total of $110,500. The previous high
was in 2004 when the champion livestock raised a total of
Although the steers raise the most money, more than $20,000 last
year, with the hogs next, around $15,000, the goats bring a
pretty good chunk of change, too, Fritsch said.
"Last year the champion goat sold for $6,000," she said. "It
should be a little bit more than that this year. They bring very
Fister's having the champion goat is "an honor and an
accomplishment," Fritsch said.
"And she did it all herself," she added. "She started all this
up with a couple of goats. She's a real entrepreneur."
Scott County has been adding to its reputation for bovines by
coming up with some quality ovines.
"We have had a grand champion lamb before," Fritsch said.
The wins capped what Fritsch called "a wonderful week at the
The agriculture mechanics team of Casey Wallace, Sarah Carroll
and Bradley Darnell will try to win on the national level in a
competition that requires several skills.
"They actually had to take a test and do a problem-solving
event," Fritsch said. "They had to identify the problem, which
was a horsepower and torque problem. They had to work through
that and solve the problem with that."