Boer goats, sheep and pigs have all gone through shows at the Wilson County Fair under the watchful eyes of sisters Alyssa and Shelby Summar. Alyssa, who is student teaching at Mt. Juliet High School and will be at Watertown High later in the fall, and Shelby, a student at Wilson Central, say showing livestock is a family affair - with mom and dad Lauren and Tracy always coming along to their shows.
The Fiddlers Note caught up with them prior to the Boer Goat Show on Saturday at the Wilson County Fair, where they were grooming their prize-winning goats for the state 4-H Show. Shelby, a junior, is secretary of the FFA Chapter at Wilson Central. Both girls plan to pursue careers related to agriculture. Alyssa, who plans to graduate college in December, is centering her teaching career on agriculture. One of the goats they had at the show Saturday was “Pete” - a 4-month-old Boer that Shelby bottle fed, even taking to school and keeping in the Ag Department so she could feed him throughout the day, after his mother rejected him. The sisters spend four hours every evening working with their goats, exercising them and bathing them to get them show-ready
From Sunday's Fiddler Note