Fair memories and moving on…one young woman’s experience with showing livestock

Fair has come and gone but for one young lady, the memories may be bittersweet. Mady Dolcater has been showing stock for 10 years at the Fremont County Fair and Wyoming State Fair. This was her last year. Mady graduated in 2018 and is currently on her second year at Central Wyoming College, majoring in Animal Sciences and Nutrition.

Mady has shown a variety of livestock during the last 10 years.

In all the years I’ve shown livestock, I started out showing hogs first. Then after a few years, I decided I wanted to try showing market goats. I won the market show my first year showing goats, and I decided to up my game and start showing sheep. I currently show sheep and hogs. I’ve won numerous hogs and lamb showmanship grand champions, I’ve won the Fremont County hog show once, along with my little sister winning two years, and I’ve won our County lamb show a total of four times.

Everyone who has been going to County fairs knows it’s a week of extreme heat and a very busy schedule. Early mornings and late-night preparations for shows and taking care of animals. But she loves it. As does all of the local kids who participate in fair each year. Mady’s favorite thing about the fair is showcasing all the hard work she’s put in throughout the summer.

When asked what it felt like knowing this was her last year, Mady replied, “In reality, it didn’t fully sink in that this was my last year showing until I got home from fair week, and I realized it was going to be my last time showing at State Fair. It’s a very bittersweet feeling, showing stock, helping others who also show, and meeting and making new friends from across the State is the reason I love what I do. It might be my last year showing but since I have two younger sisters I know I will be around plenty of livestock shows in the years to come.”

While attending CWC this fall, Mady will also be working at Bailey’s Pit Stop Travel Center. She has worked for Bailey’s for 7 months and says it teaches her the value of teamwork.

Everyone at Bailey Enterprises would like to wish Mady

the best of luck in all her future endeavors!

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