Milk ran down the inside of my palm and before I knew it, the emcees were counting down from five. My time was almost up.
My first day on the job at the Hutchinson News as the new agriculture writer, I was informed that I had been volunteered to be the third member of the Celebrity Goat Milking team when the Kansas State Fair rolled around.
“You grew up on a farm,” my coworker Michael Stavola said. “You’ll know what you’re doing.”
I grew up on a ranch. My father worked with cattle in one way or another my entire life. But they were all beef cattle. I had friends who lived on a dairy, and even some that raised dairy goats, but I had never milked an animal in my entire life.
Nevertheless, I agreed. I was up for the challenge, although I wasn’t confident in my skills.
The night before the big day, we decided we may want to prepare. My teammates, Michael Stavola and Rachel Hixson, and I met at a farm just outside of town to practice on a lovely goat named Bourbon.
Practice went well, and after a few passes, we were fairly confident we were set for the next day.
We weren’t certain we had what it would take to win. I had heard there were very strong performances in the past by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Kansas State Fair Board and the guys from 104.5 the Fox.
Michael gave us a simple goal: defeat the TV news stations.
He may have had an ulterior motive. His wife, Carly, works for KSN in Wichita.
We went head to head against KSN in the second heat of the contest. When the milk totals were tallied, they had 0.04 grams, and we had 0.08.
We didn’t come out on the top of the contest, it came to a showdown between 104.5 the Fox and the Fair Board. The Fox boys came out on top.
We may not have won, but I was happy with our performance. We came out and had fun.
I’d be happy to return to the team next year.