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 there... I'm Sierra!

I am from a family of all girls. I always keep a journal. John & I were married back in 2013. It was a miracle then & it is now. We had three kids between Oct 2014 & August 2018 : Joslyn Shea, J.D., and Jesse Lee. We remodeled two houses & moved three times in our first 5 years. I grew up in Missouri, but was transplanted to South Dakota. I am working on my masters at Sioux Falls Seminary as of 6.1.19.

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