Girl raises two champions at Goliad County Fair
March 18, 2017 at 11:24 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2017 at 11:40 p.m.
GOLIAD - Taygen Fromme's hard work throughout the year allowed her to walk through the "Sale of Champions" show barn not once but twice.
Her 1,225-pound steer and her 275-pound hog were named grand champion and reserve champion respectively at the 2017 Goliad County Fair and Rodeo.
"They are the most fun, even though they take the most work," Taygen, 14, said. "They are the animals I enjoy the most, and I like the people involved in the projects."
In addition to her steer and hog, Taygen showed commercial heifers and participated in the homemaking division.
Her cake and two animals were auctioned Saturday, and while she said "it was exciting and relieving," it was a busy morning.
Taygen and her stepmother, Cheyanne Fromme, stayed up until the late hours of the night and woke up in the early morning to prepare the baked goods days prior to the fair.
The work put toward the cakes and cookies those nights could be compared to the attention and care Taygen has given her animals.
"She's always worked extremely hard, probably a lot harder than she should at times," said Josh Fromme, Taygen's father. "She's just been really focused this year. Everything came together, and she learned so much from people."
Taygen walks the animals to help them develop muscle, rinses and washes them for skin care and gives them needed vitamins each day. She said her duties became hard during volleyball season, but her father helped her a lot when she had to go to games.
During the weekends, the Frommes would go to prospect shows and major shows to improve their "crispness" and "showmanship" that would set them apart from other exhibitors.
Taygen said some weekends were tiring, but she enjoyed spending with her family.
After Taygen shows another steer in Houston, she will have about two weeks to rest until she starts raising a new steer for next year.
She said showing and raising animals has allowed her to learn that she is not always going to win and to be a gracious loser or winner.
"It builds so much work ethic and dedication in them," her dad said. "She sets goals for what she wants each year and works to them. She's done it this year. She had a good year."