It may not have been on the catwalk, but Paradise Junior FFA member Lauren Moon and her floppy-eared Nubian dairy goat, Sady, acted as supermodels, wowing the judges at the Fort Worth Stock Show for a second year in a row.
Moon and Sady defended their title as grand champion for most creative goat costume.
This year the fifth grader transformed Sady into the Millennium Falcon starship of “Star Wars” fame, while she herself dressed as Princess Leia – complete with her hair in double buns.
Last year the goat was an F-14 fighter from “Top Gun.”
“I watch a lot of movies,” Moon joked, as she quoted Darth Vader. “‘Luke, I am your father.'”
She enjoys mysteries, too. Her favorite movie is “The Way Way Back” – but her favorite “Star Wars” movie is “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.”
Compared to last year, dressing Sady up as one of the most famous ships in the galaxy was a bit of a challenge. She and her mother had to put in extra effort to get the details right.
“The first time didn’t take that long,” she said. “It only took like an hour-and-a-half. This one took like two-and-a-half hours for four days.”
To keep Sady in line and in character, Moon said she had to do a lot of sweet-talking.
“You have to walk them a lot, and brush them and clip their hooves and feed them,” Moon said. “We like to walk at least an hour-and-a-half each day.”
Even then, there were technical problems. While Han Solo had to contend with numerous malfunctions, Moon had only one – keeping the ship upright.
Despite her best efforts, the ship built around Sady kept tilting. But the mishap turned to good fortune as Moon decided it gave Sady the appearance of flying and banking as a ship would.
The judge must have agreed. Moon and Sady showed against dozens of other well-dressed competitors, whose themes included TV’s “Sons of Anarchy,” “Scooby Doo” and “Frozen,” just to name a few. There was even a goat dressed as a Chick-Fil-A cow.
The Wise County Youth Fair doesn’t have a goat costume category, but fans of Sady and Moon can still see them show at the upcoming event.
It’s well worth a re-run.