10 Years Ago,

Au­gust 17, 2005

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

ONE HUN­DRED SIXTY YEARS AND COUNT­ING With a week to go be­fore the 160th edi­tion of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair, Kirby and Sa­man­tha Young a busy as beavers. The two sis­ters, 13 and 11 re­spec­tively, are help­ing their fa­ther and grand­fa­ther pre­pare the fair­grounds, as well as get their kid goats ready to show.

“These are goats we raised our­selves,” said Kirby. “We started show­ing at the fair when we were six.” Kirby said that fair is al­ways a fun time. “It’s fun to go out and show ev­ery­one how much hard work we’ve put into train­ing these goats.” The girls said that they find goats to be the best an­i­mal for show­ing. “They’re more gen­tle,” said Kirby. “Cows and horses are big­ger and can be more in­tim­i­dat­ing. Goats are the right size and eas­ier to con­trol.” Sa­man­tha said that her best friend is en­ter­ing a goat this year. “It’s usu­ally six or seven goats,” she said. The sis­ters will have new com­pe­ti­tion this year as their younger sis­ter, Emily, six, is show­ing on her own for the first time. “We helped her out last year, but this year she is more in­de­pen­dent.” They’re also look­ing for­ward to other parts of the fair. “I like look­ing at the veg­eta­bles and the crafts,” said Sa­man­tha. Kirby said that they are a part of the Hatley 4-H club, and will be work­ing at the club’s ice cream booth over the course of the week­end. She also said that she would be volunteering at the Chil­dren’s Cor­ner. They both said they are look­ing for­ward to the mid­way rides. Their fa­ther, Dean Young is very in­volved with the fair this year, as a di­rec­tor and as one of the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the chicken com­pe­ti­tion. “He’s the chicken care­taker,” said Kirby. The two said that peo­ple would start bring­ing in their an­i­mals on Wed­nes­day, so the fair­grounds had to be ready by then. On Mon­day morn­ing they’re back at on the cam­pus, help­ing their grand­fa­ther, Ben Cun­ning­ton, get the goat barn ready. Speak­ing to Dean Young, he said the ap­peal of the fair was the lo­ca­tion. “It’s a small town,” he said. “Ev­ery­one knows each other and ev­ery­one helps out when the time comes. It’s an old-time, old-fash­ion fair, with a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals. It’s not like big fairs that fo­cus more on the rides.”

Kirby and Sa­man­tha Young show off two of the goats they will be show­ing at the 160th Ayer’s Cliff Fair.

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