Sibling rivalry at the fairPublished 10:56am Friday, August 1, 2014
Nine-year-old Aiden Scoggin had one thing on his mind after finishing runner up to his older sister in the Youth Poultry Show.
“I’m going to beat her next year,” said Scoggin before adding that he’d accomplish this by practicing more and giving his chicken a better haircut.
The Niles siblings were standing next to one another when the judge announced the results of the Pen of Two Hens class Thursday at the Cass County Fair.
Kelli Scoggin, 11, had the grand champion pen, while her brother finished with reserve grand champion, or runner-up.
A pen of two hens consists of two females older than one year.
It was the best finish either one of them have had. Both have been showing since they were five years old at various fairs.
The first thing on Kelli’s mind was that her father, Joe, would be proud. She said Joe was working Thursday, so he could not be there. Kelli called him shortly after winning to tell him the good news.
“He was so surprised and excited for me,” she said.
Kelli also had the Grand Champion batch of a dozen eggs.
The Scoggin’s mother, Nicole, said despite being competitive, Kelli and Aiden help each other out a lot in preparing their rabbits and poultry for the fair.
“They learn a lot of responsibility,” Nicole said. “If they want to do well they know they have to take care of the animals. They know momma won’t do everything.”
Kelli and Aiden attend Brandywine Community Schools.