On Saturday, someone asked me how I was still going. We moved into the Interstate Fair and Rodeo on Monday. My kids showed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They even had a couple animals qualify for the premium sale on Friday. As soon as he walked out of the sale ring, we jumped in the truck to finish packing to head to State 4-H Livestock contests held in Manhattan Saturday and Sunday. Well, the adrenaline is wearing off. I, or maybe we, need a day of sleep. If you have followed this column very long, you know my kids are heavily involved in 4-H. Five years ago, I was asked by a couple of girls to coach the Livestock Skillathon team. It is Dexter’s all-time favorite contest, so I said yes. Along with Skillathon, I became the default Livestock Quiz Bowl coach as well. The kids have been working their tails off studying livestock breeds, feeds, meat cuts, equipment and all kinds of animal science information. I am proud to say that I am the coach of the Champion 4-H Livestock Skillathon Team for the second year in a row. Hannah Graybill, Luke Falkenstien, Cord Dodson and Dexter Small walked out of the contest saying it was easy which made me nervous, but they came and did great. Not only did Wildcat District have the Champion Team, but we are also home for the 9th, 10th and 15th place teams. Two of these teams were too young to go to Nationals as you have to be 14 and the 10th place team had three team members who had never done the contest before. To say that I am excited about the team performance would be an understatement. Keep in mind most of these kids competed after a full week of showing at the Interstate Fair. Here’s a quick rundown of how my boys did. Maddix had the Champion Limousine Heifer in the Junior and Open Show and the Reserve Champion Heifer Overall in the Junior Show. Both boys made the top five in beef showmanship in their divisions. Dexter showed the champion AOB Market Lamb, the Champion Wether Dam and was Reserve Champion in Sheep Showmanship. The excitement of our successes not only at state contest, but also at the Interstate Fair are starting to wear off and I am needing a nap. Thanks to the much needed rain, I can rest a few days before corn harvest. Nicole Small is a southeast Kansas farmer and the mother of two sons. She works every day on her and her husband’s farm raising cattle and crops. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook. com/AKansasFarmMom/ or visit her blog online at http://talesofakansasfarmmom.blogspot.com or email her with questions at akansasfarmmom@ gmail.com.