Isaiah Nunley, dressed in all white, smiled proudly as he accepted his awards after showing his dairy goats in the Show Arena at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair.
He was the Grand Champion Junior Dairy Goat Showman on Saturday and was recognized Monday night at the 2021 Hamilton County Supreme Showmanship contest.
The Clover Kids 4-H Club member also earned Grand Champion Best in Show Junior Doe, Grand Champion Wether, Champion Best of Breed Recorded Grade Junior Doe, Champion Best of Breed Lamancha Senior Doe and Champion Best of Breed Alpine Senior Doe during the Dairy Goat judging.
All totaled, he earned six champion or best of breed awards at the
Nunley earned Grand Champion Junior Doe and Grand Champion Dairy Goat Junior Showman in 2020, too, and said, “Really, what make4-H Fair.
The son of Kimberly Nunley, the 10-year-old is homeschooled and is going into fifth grade.’
It’s his third year in 4-H. He also takes 4-H poultry and dog projects.
But goats are his favorite. He lives in rural Fishers. His family’s farm has 60 to 70 goats and, including baby goats, about 100, said Nunley, who showed an Alpine goat named Sassafras. “She’s my favorite,” said the youth, although he showed six different goats at the 4-H Fair this year.s me smile is having fun out there with my animal and doing stuff I love to do.”
What is his key to success in the 4-H Dairy Goat Judging competition?
“I just practiced with her everyday. I got her out and worked with her and made sure that she wasn’t lagging behind.” He also showed Sassafras his first and second years in 4-H.
“I think she just remembered what it was like last year, and me practicing with her really helped,” Nunley said when I caught up with him a year ago at the 4-H Fair during the height of the COVID-29 pandemic.
The family lives on a farm. “We have goats, chickens, horses and a couple cows.” He milks the goats every day. The milk? “Sometimes we drink it, because when I was a baby, I had acid (reflux) so we’ve liked it ever since. My mom, when she was a kid, she liked goat milk.”
He thought back about his first year of 4-H, he said, “I had a lot of goats … and I won a lot of plaques, and a lot of grand champions…. I think they was all grand champions. We had a lot of nice milkers.”
So in his third year, this year, he’s still winning top awards and is loving 4-H.
“What I really like about 4-H is how, pretty much, everybody comes together and we get to do what we like and have fun,” Nunley said.
He also likes “just having fun” with his animals and “spending time with friends.”
Favorite fair food? “Ice cream.”

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