What started as a simple 4-H project ended up becoming a big-time business for an Eddyville family.

Paul and Paula Middlesworth bought a few goats for their daughter to show at the county fair. “That kind of snowballed,” said Paul Middlesworth.

These Wapello County Farm Bureau members ended up showing the Iowa State Fair Grand Champion wether goat in 2008 after entering the ring with what would become a reserve champion in 2007. They quickly realized they were on to something.

“We started off real big,” Middlesworth said of their first two times their daughter showed ...