Showing animals an enjoyable part of Fayette fair for children
Brooke Gales, who was named the 2013-14 Fayette County Dairy Princess, says she loves to show her animals every year at the fair.
“I would say that showing my animals at the fair is the best part and the most fun,” said the 17-year-old Mill Run girl. “I showed my cows, and they won blue ribbons. I'm really looking forward to showing my lamb.”
Pointing to her cows, Gales said her oldest one named Baby Flakes, a black-and-white Holstein who was born Oct. 4, 2011, is pregnant and expecting on Christmas Eve. She also showed off Danica, a much smaller red-and-white Holstein.
When Baby Flakes stood up, Gales said, “Now you can see how big she is. I can't even imagine what she is going to look like in December when she is ready to deliver her calf. She is huge.”
Gales, the daughter of Stacie Steyer, serves as vice president of the 4-H Countywide Dairy Club. She lives on a 191-acre retired dairy farm owned by her grandparents, Charles and Chris Steyer. Gales also has an 8-year-old brother, Jesse.
A member of the New Horizon Market Club, Gales will be showing market swine, goats and lambs at the fair this week.
In addition to her interest in 4-H and animals, Gales has been a wrestling manager for several years and plays tennis on the girls' team at Connellsville Area Senior High School. She takes dance classes at Kids and Company dance studio. After high school graduation, Gales said she plans to attend college.
Mason Davis, 11, of Dawson was also busy taking care of his cows — Lettie, Drama, Pearl and Kristine.
Davis, son of Joy and Matt Davis, said his favorite cow is Kristine because “she won a second-place ribbon at the fair.”
“I feed them and walk them every day,” said Davis, who will be a seventh-grade student at Frazier School District in the fall. “One of the reasons that I really like Kristine is because she listens to me when I walk her in the barn.
“I like interacting with the cows and playing with them,” he added. “When they are lying down, I sit behind them and pet them. They head-butt me, and I head-butt them back. I think they like it when we play.”
Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.
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