Disqualified Competitor Allowed Back To State Fair

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) -- A boy who had been disqualified from the Colorado State Fair after his goat tested positive for a banned drug will be allowed to compete this year.

General manager Chris Wiseman announced Thursday that Ben Weinroth will be able to participate "due to the circumstances." His sister's goat was also disqualified last year and Wiseman said she would be eligible to compete too if she hadn't become ineligible because of her age.

Wiseman refused to elaborate on the reasons for the reversal, including on whether there had been a testing error or a change in policy.

The siblings' goats both tested positive for ractopamine (rak-TOPE-amine), for a drug that promotes muscle growth, at the fair's Junior Livestock Sale.

The fair released a statement from mother Sue Weinroth, thanking officials for working with them.

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