Visual, audio impairment no obstacle for Tri-Valley 4-H member at fairAug 4, 2015 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Tracey Wright, 13, of Riverton is legally blind.
She uses a VisioBook to read and watch television, but she needs no aid in working with her animals.
The Tri-Valley 4-H member showed three goats at the Fremont County Fair this year.
Tracey, the daughter of Marsha and Wayne Wright, has grown in confidence every year as a member of Tri-Valley.
She has been active in the club for five years.
"It's important to be part of a big 4-H group like Tri-Valley because there are other kids to help you," Tracey said.
She showed one breeding goat and two meat goats this year, and she has another pair of goats at home.
Tracey's love of animals is extending to her career plans.
"If I can, I'd like to be a day care worker. I love little kids and babies," Tracey said. "Goats are good practice. I'll spoil them rotten if I can."
Kyle Freitag also is a Tri-Valley member. He received a cochlear implant a little over two years ago to improve his hearing and speech.
By nature, he is a very serious young man, but smiles come easily when he's working with his animals.
"I like showing sheep, goats and pigs," Kyle said. "I don't like horses and cows."
He has attended schools in Pavillion and Shoshoni and returns to Shoshoni this fall.
Family friend Jessica White says he seems to enjoy fair competition.
"It gives Kyle something to look
forward to," she said.
July 28 was a busy day for both Kyle and Tracey as they washed, dried and prepared their goats for the afternoon shows.
Club leaders say the love and affection showered on their animals by these two 4-H members, and the clear affection the animals have for them, is one reason so many volunteers donate their time, talent and resources to continue the agricultural tradition through 4-H and the county fair.