10 Years Ago,
August 17, 2005
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.