The Lebanon Area Fair held its Youth Market Goat Show in the Brightbill Arena Sunday at 1 p.m.

Goats, like some other livestock, are judged within weight divisions. Goats are split into light weight, medium weight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight, and each of these contains three classes dividing the goats further by weight.

Goats are ranked within their class, then the top two entrants are selected for the division: the weight division champion and weight division reserve champion. All weight division champions and weight division reserve champions are considered for the title of Grand Champion.

The competition kicked off with the light weight market goats.

In class one, with goats ranging from 50 to 54 pounds, Olivia Weber placed first, Kael Erdman second, and Lilly Geissinger third.

Judge Heidi Barkley announces the winner and runner up of class one.

Class two (56 to 62 pounds) saw Clayton Heisey taking first, Adelyn Weber second, and Kade Erdman third.

Contestants in light weight class two brace their goats.

The class three (63 to 67 pounds) winner was Blayne Heisey, followed by Jaydon Grumbine and Isaiah Geissinger.

Blayne Heisey walks with his lightweight entry.

With all light weight winners considered, the weight division champion title was taken by Blayne Heisey, and his brother Clayton Heisey took the reserve champion title.

The winners and runner-ups of all light weight classes, competing for weight division champion and reserve champion.

Moving onto medium weight goats, class four (68 to 72 pounds) was won by Reagan Grumbine, followed up by Brooke Beamesderfer and Ashleigh Arnold.

Class four contestants walk with their goats.

First place in class five (73 and 74 pounds) was Clayton Heisey, with Maisy Atkins taking second and Kael Erdman taking third.

Judge Heidi Barkley announces the class five winners.

In order, the top entrants for class six (76 and 77 pounds) were Alex Heisey, Mitchell Hetrick, and Reagan Grumbine.

Class six competitors walk their goats around the arena.

The medium weight division champion was Clayton Heisey, while the reserve champion was Alex Heisey.

Judge Heidi Barkley examines Alex Heisey’s medium weight entry.

Moving onto the light heavyweight division, class seven (78 to 80 pounds) was won out by Mitchell Hetrick, followed by Madison Bomgardner and Jaydon Grumbine.

Class seven competitors circle the arena.

Blayne Heisey won class eight (81 to 85 pounds), with Silas Atkins taking second and Bryce Nagle third.

Judge Heidi Barkley examines class eight goats.

Class nine (86 to 88 pounds) was won out by Evan Ditzler, followed by Madison Bomgardner and Maisy Atkins.

Runner-up Madison Bomgardner, (left), and class nine winner Evan Ditzler (right).

Between the light heavyweight winners, Blayne Heisey took the division champion title. Mitchell Hetrick won reserve champion.

Candidates for the light heavyweight division champion brace their goats.

The final division, heavyweight, started with class ten (90 pounds). Gavin Molnar took first, Callie Atkins second, and Erin Shuey third.

Class ten contestants stand in order of placement.

The winner of class 11 (92-92 pounds) was Klint Miller, followed by Harrison Wenrich and Dakota Wenrich.

Class 11 entrants walk the arena.

Alex Heisey took first in class 12, with Kylie Brown in second and Saige Balmer in third.

Goats in class 12 are braced.

The weight division champion of the heavyweights was Gavin Molnar, with reserve champion going to Alex Heisey.

From left to right, Alex Heisey, Klint Miller and Gavin Molnar stand with their goats, under consideration for heavyweight division champion.

Next, all division champions and reserve champions were considered against one another to determine the grand champion and runner-up.

All goats considered for grand champion. Since Blayne, Alex, and Clayton Heisey had two goats each in the running, other contestants helped them show one of their goats.

Gavin Melnar’s heavyweight was selected as the runner-up for grand champion.

Gavin Melnar poses with his winning goat.

Capping off his 10-year 4-H career, 18-year-old Blayne Heisey won the grand champion title with his light heavyweight entry.

Blayne Heisey poses with his grand champion goat.

“It feels pretty amazing,” said Blayne. “One thing’s for sure, I couldn’t have done it all without my parents and my grandparents.”

Read More: For the Heisey family, showing animals at the Lebanon Area Fair is a yearly tradition

The goat show was just the first of many livestock showings to occur throughout fair week. Check out the full exhibition schedule on the fair’s website here.


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