Youth Camps

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Youth Goat Camp Schedule 2023: coming soon

It is an exciting year in 2022. We have had such a great response to the Market Goat Camp, we were asked to have a Dairy Youth Camp, so we said, “YES!” The Midwest Buck Sale announces the addition of the Youth Dairy Goat Camp with Shannon Foster Ellis.

Mrs. Ellis comes highly recommended as an instructor to provide the dairy youth with a specialized course in showmanship, including selection, preparation, and presentation. The kids will have a wonderful time.

If you are the Parent/Guardian, please fill in the Form: CLICK HERE

Fill in this Form for each Youth.

We are excited to have Mr. Terry Burks returning as the instructor for the Youth Market Goat Camp. His knowledge and in-depth instruction provide each student with a new perspective and to pair the reasons ‘why’ with functionality. This is a showmanship clinic you don’t want your child to miss. Kids are already signed up for a third year, with Mr. Burks. Siblings are now getting old enough to participate and it is a few days of family fun.

We have a great week planned for some family fun!

Click Here to Sign Up Today!

ADDED PRIZE FOR THE KIDS: Click to download this GOAT BREEDS handout. Fill in the breeds where the answer section is on the goat, date and print your name and hand it in at the camp. You will be entered to win a special prize package.

Please use this form to enter the parent information. Click Here

Please use this form to enter the information for the youth attending. Click Here

Each instructor will provide us with copy of their booklet to publish, that each child will receive, along with a personalized t-shirt to wear the first day to camp.

Other fun activities are the Obstacle Course, Scavenger Hunt, Puzzles and Games, along with a Pizza Party the first night with the Quiz Bowl. For 2022, e have added a “Best Fitter” award. Please bring a goat unclipped for that part of the event.

One of the fun aspects of these camps is that the instructors donate their time. Every entry paid by the child is donated to the Missouri State Fair Foundation, in their name. The Midwest Buck Sale provides a banner to the MO state Fair Foundation listing the children that attend each camp. The banner is hung each year during the state fair. All funds are earmarked for the new goat pavilion, that these same children will continue to show in through their lifetime.

Youth Goat Camp 2021

Youth Goat Camp 2020

2022 is our third year for the Market Youth Goat Camp with Terry Burks. He has helped build an event that the parents and youth really look forward to each year. The families enjoy returning as the kids get more experienced.

Entry fee is $125.00.

Limited to 30 children in each camp. The camp is filling up fast and we expect it to be full soon.

Sponsor and Vendor Page

Parent/Guardian Form

Youth Entry Information Form

Secure payment portal


ALL CAMPERS: Come and Have Fun!

Rules for attendance:  Children 8 years old to 18 years old, on the day of the camp are eligible to enter.

Check in before unloading.

Health papers even if in state resident.

Children check in 8:00 – 8:30 am at the Youth Goat Camp Red Canopy by the office.

We start at 9:00 am each morning

Lunch is noon to 1:00pm

Our intentions: Showmanship is a competition. Children in particular, can be easily distracted by parents, trying to coach their children over the rail, on the sidelines. When parents coach from the sidelines, their child is focused on them. If a parent remarks, or reaches over the rail, it is a distraction for their child and all the other children in the arena. Other parents will also have a reaction. At the camps, we avoid this situation by asking parents to be otherwise occupied when the children are in the arena practicing, until the final showmanship. We ask parents to not set in the bleachers or stand at the railing. We do not deprive the parents from watching from afar. This is an opportunity for your child to grow. We hope all will respect what the intentions are of the camps, which is for your children to connect with the instructor and learn from them, with no distractions. Our committees work hard to provide a wonderful and memorable experience for your children, creating a environment that is inviting and will give them lasting connections with their peers. Opportunities for parents to work along side their children are during the hands on grooming/fitting segment, and selection, where the parents learn about selection with the children. Please check the Midwest Buck Sale website for the scheduled opportunities, such as the A.I. Clinic, FAMACHA, Speakers on Nutrition, and much more. (schedule will be updated through the end of January).

Parents are required to attend a short meeting with our USDA representative on the scrapie program updates and tracking of diseases, bio security, June 3, (tentatively) (kids are practicing in the arena)

We ask parents to attend other workshops and speakers during the practice sessions so the kids are focused on the instructors when they are in the arena.

Goats for Camp: Two head. Market Camp: Pick one example: Two Wethers, or Two Does, or One Wether and One Doe, all should have their milk teeth or be under 125 pounds. No adult stock.

Dairy Camp: Pick one example: Children should bring what they have. Please try to have the goat in proportion to the child (small child=smaller goat, Taller, larger child=larger goat).

This does not include stock for other events, and these animals may be entered in other shows, evaluations, or the sale.

Enter through the forms online. Pay promptly to secure the spot.

Limited to thirty in each camp (total of 60 youth).

Children that win the Champion Showmanship belt buckle in their respective age group, may return the following year. The child must move up into the next division to participate again. This only applies to the overall Champion in their age group.

The Youth Goat Camp will provide professional photographs. YGC uses them for promotional ads and articles on the websites. Parents are welcome to use all photographs of their children, for personal use.

We want our Champions to come back and help others learn. Look for more details as we contact past winners.

For further suggestions and ideas, please email us at

Thank You to Jennifer Phillips – LonesomePine Boers of Mountain Grove, MO for donating half the cost of the Champion buckles for 2022.
Thank You to Evie Gates – Gates Livestock, Vinita, OK for donating half the cost of the Champion buckles for 2022


Each exhibitor, attendee, consignor, or vendor will be solely responsible for any consequential loss, injury or damage done to or occasioned by, or arising from any animal or article exhibited or for sale by him, and shall hold harmless Midwest Buck Sale, LLC, against any and all liability in regard thereto. Midwest Buck Sale, LLC will take reasonable care to insure the safety of exhibits and property, but the owner must take the risk of exhibiting. In no case will Midwest Buck Sale, LLC be responsible for any loss, damage or injury to property or persons while on the Missouri State fairgrounds, or at any other time or place, nor be liable or required to make any payment for damage, loss or injury. All that enter any event or sign up for anything related to the Midwest Buck Sale, agree: “I have read the contract and agree to abide by all Midwest Buck Sale rules and regulations as witnessed by entering the events June 1-4, 2022.

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