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Today I’m at the Centralia Fair watching my sisters and their neighbors show sheep and goats at the local fair.

All of the kids at the fair are members of 4-H. At the beginning of each year they sign up for “projects” to learn about things that interest them.

My sisters are signed up for goats, pigs and cattle. This means they show and learn about all three species.

Here are a few things these kids learn through 4-H, showing, and fairs:

– What breed is your animal?
– What do they eat?
– How often do they need to be fed?
– How do you train the animal to walk nicely and behave in the show ring?
– What qualities make up a “good” goat?

All of these items help young kids start learning compassion and stewardship toward animals.

Plus, they get to have tons of fun with their friends at the fair!







  1. rea

    What happened to FFA members at the Centralia Fair? (Mr. Gates former Centralia ag teacher asks. :) We look forward to your Friday blog each week. Don makes 2 trips to South Dakota almost every week to deliver JCPENNEY merchandise to Rapid City and Pierre. Occasionally, we deliver to Aberdeen, Watertown and Brookings.

    • Sierra Shea

      Hi Rea – I’m not sure about this. I think the FFA members can still show, too. Oversight on my part! :)


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!