Elmore – When 13-year-old Gabrielle Geisler was a baby, her mother, Becky Geisler, would put Gabrielle in a nearby baby swing while she was tending the family’s goats.
“The goats were checking her in the hammock,” Becky said.
Today, Gabrielle has her own herd of goats to care for on her family’s rural Elmore farm. Gabrielle’s years of experience earned her the nickname Sandusky County Jr. Fair Goat Queen, and she spent a fair week sharing her experience with other people who want to learn about goats.
Gabrielle enjoys answering questions about goats
“I have been around goats my whole life. I take care of them, I milk them, I help goats procreate,” Gabriel said. “I wanted to be the goat queen so I could help out all I could with the show. I help with projects, distribute tapes and prizes, answer questions.”
As Goat Queen, Gabrielle has participated in the Royalty Parade and will be available to represent Sandusky County Fair at events throughout the year.
“If I go to other fairs, they want me to wear my scarf and crown,” she said.
Gabrielle, who is homeschooled, tends to a herd of 11 alpine goats and helps the family herd. She occasionally helps with her mother’s business, The Flour Child, which sells goat’s milk soap online and at the Elmore General Store.
“Goats are very loving animals. They all have their own personalities, and some can have attitudes.” “Some come to you because they want to scratch their heads, others like you for food. Most of them know their names.”
Besides raising goats, a Riley Booster member can bake pancakes, cakes and biscuits
In addition to entering goats at this year’s show, 4-H Riley Boosters member Gabrielle also entered an Angus cow, two pies, cakes, cookies and original photos, a hobby she discovered during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“During COVID, we were going on bird trips, and then my mom joined a bunch of photography groups on Facebook,” Gabrielle said. “I started photographing rabbits. I love taking candid photos of them.”
Gabrielle won the ribbons of first and second places for her filming. Pumpkin and peach pies took first place, pumpkin pies took second place, and their apple pie got an honorable mention.
Gabrielle has earned numerous accolades with her goats, including the Reserve Champion Pack Goat, Grand Champion Alpine Doe, Reserve Champion Showmanship Division III and other 1st place rankings.
Gabrielle wasn’t the only one who had her goats on display at the show. Sandusky County Deputy Mayor John Johansen and School Resources Officer Stacey Robinson show two Gabriel goats.
Two adults showed Gabriel’s goats in the exhibition
“There was a 4-H kid who knew them, and they came to talk to us. I asked them if they wanted the show, and they did,” Gabriel said. “They brilliantly did the parade with two of my goats. They didn’t put up a spot, but they did a good job with them.”
As much as Gabrielle enjoys farming life, she plans to make it just a hobby and take a different career path. She grew up watching her father make things in his machine shop, and she is drawn to the profession.
They watch him and see the parts he makes,” Becky said. “It’s another kind of art.”
This winter, Gabrielle will be taking machine lessons from her father as part of her homeschool curriculum.
“I want to be a mechanic at my main job but I still keep goats,” she said.
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