Other duties of goat ambassador include helping with shows and weigh-ins and passing out ribbons, Powell said. “Wherever we are needed, we help promote the goat industry.”
Xander Daiz, 10, from St. Paris will be showing animals at the fair for the second year in a row. He will compete in the meat market, dairy breeding, and pygmy goat competition. “I’ve never really been in that many competitions, so this is kind of exciting,” he said.
Emma Hostetler, 15, from Urbana, will be showing goats for the first time. “I’m looking forward to seeing how my first year goes,” she said.
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Therese Calland, from Springhills, has been attending the Champaign County Fair for more than 40 years. Her grandchildren will be showing animals. To her, the fair is most important for the kids. “It shows them teamwork, how to be responsible, and how to take care of animals,” she said.
Ashton Arnett, 18, was last year’s fair queen. She said that she is most looking forward to crowning this year’s winner queen, which will happen on Sunday, Aug. 5. “I think it’s going to go well. I’m excited,” she said.
The Champaign County Fair runs through Saturday, Aug. 10.
Kenny Lensman, chairman of the Swine Committee is looking for higher attendance this year. “Hopefully the weather holds and we have a great fair,” he said.