Strasburg girl to enter goats for her first time at fair

Tinleigh Rusher, 11, will be showing animals for the first time at this year's county fair. Courtesy photo.

This year will be the first year that Tinleigh Rusher, 11, will show animals in the Shenandoah County Fair. Through this experience, she said, she’s learned the importance of putting time and effort into caring for her animals.

“You have to show pride into what you’re doing,” Tinleigh said.

With 4-H, Tinleigh said that she loves the volunteer work she gets to take part in, and that she hopes to take some of the money earned from selling her boer goats and give it to charity as well as buy some animals next year.

Her boer goats for this year have “very good personalities,” she said, and they are tame and love to see people. Tinleigh added that while the experience may be difficult, she appreciates the new challenges that come with being an animal caretaker.

“If you think that anything is hard for your animals, it’s not – it’s just a challenge,” she said. “You’ve just gotta keep going and keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll get better and better at it.”