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Sheep take over show arena

After the earlier heat of the day, the cool breeze was welcomed in the show arena Wednesday night as spectators gathered to watch the Junior Fair breeding sheep and market lamb shows at the Logan County Fair.

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JESSICA SKIDMORE

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TAYLOR HITES

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The winner of the grand champion ewe over all breeds was Amber Hites, 18, a member of the Stitchin’, Stirren’ N Stuff 4-H Club, with a crossbred. She has been showing lambs since her freshman year of high school. This year she named her lamb Fancy because she thought she had a very nice lamb.

Tyler Myers, 18, a member of Premier Livestock 4-H, took home grand champion ram over all breeds in the breeding sheep show with his polled Dorset. He also took home first place in senior showmanship and reserve grand champion in pen of two. These wins were big for him as this is his last year of showing at the fair.

“I’ve grown up around sheep and it’s just a fantastic way to end. Sheep have always been in my family and in my blood,” said Tyler. He also shows pigs and steers at the fair and was a reserve winner in the born and raised in Logan County beef competition Tuesday night.

“I was pretty nervous, but when I found out I won I just got really excited,” said Tyler.

Another big winner of the night was Jessica Skidmore, 17, who took home grand champion pen of two and grand champion market lamb. This was Jessica’s first year showing sheep, which made her wins that much more exciting.

“I was just so nervous and now I’m so excited. I’m proud of how calm my sheep have been,” said Jessica.

Jessica is a member of the Master Mix 4-H group and has shown livestock at the fair for nine years.

Taylor Hites, 13, showed the reserve champion market lamb. This is her fourth year showing sheep and her first time winning reserve champion. She has won awards in previous years for showmanship and born and raised competition, which is today. She is a member of Stitchin’, Stirren’ N Stuff 4-H Club.

“I was a little shaky and nervous the whole time,” said Taylor.

First place in intermediate showmanship went to Darby Eades, 13, a member of the Premier Livestock 4-H Club. This is her second year of showing sheep and she was surprised how well her sheep behaved.

“This year has been a lot harder than I thought. My last year’s goats were a lot calmer,” Darby said.

Gabby Williams,10, received first place in junior showmanship. She is a member of the Friendly Farmers 4-H and was showing sheep for the first time.

Dan Westlake was the judge for both shows. He was impressed with the quality of all the lambs, remarking on how well they looked considering how early Logan County’s fair falls.

“Logan County has high quality livestock in all species. That is something you all should be proud of is the high quality livestock and the high quality fair you have here,” said Mr. Westlake.

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