The Kansas Junior Meat Goat Organization is looking to expand its membership; enrollment for the 2012 year has started. Formed last year to promote the growing meat goat project in Kansas, KJMGO intends to increase the number of youth meat goat shows and learning opportunities in the state while teaching project members valuable life lessons. A sweepstakes system has been set up for club members to receive end-of-year awards for their show participation and leadership activities.
This year, KJMGO held a well-attended May and June show, supported other spring shows, participated in several fundraisers, and sponsored a year-end-awards banquet. This year's awards banquet was held Nov. 6 in Abilene, Kan. There were five award categories: KJMGO Sanctioned Show Winners, KJMGO 2011 Overall Extraordinary Jackpot Showman, Honorable Mention, Goatless Goat, Overall Diversified KJMGO and 2011 Outstanding KJMGO Member.
Prizes awarded were show towels, neck leads, candy, ornament plaques, and cash. KJMGO members voted on what they wanted the bigger awards to be. Winners were: Cassadie Copeland, Blake Foraker, Kaci Foraker, Raine Garten, Kris Gloodt, Kalyn Gloodt, Mackenzie Riffel, Spencer Riffel, Allyson Rudd, Rebekah Thomas, Rogan Tokach, Janessa McDaniel, Ian McDaniel, Abby Lillard. Top winners were: KJMGO Year Overall Extraordinary KJMGO Jackpot Showman Raine Garten (First) and Natalie Harris (Second); 2011 Goatless Goat Winner Abby Lillard; 2011 Overall Outstanding KJMGO Member JaelAnn Hoover (First) Sam Davis (Second). The Overall Outstanding KJMGO Member can only be obtained once per age division and interviews are held for the top scoring individuals.
Those interested in becoming members, learning more about KJMGO activities, or sponsoring the organization may visit the KJMGO website at www.kjmgo.webs.com, or contact Jamie Garten at 785-263-0391 or Heather Hoover 785-238-805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.