LIMA — Day three of the Allen County Fair was a big day for showing sheep.
Dozens of youngsters were judged on how well they showed their project in the ring.
Logan Heffner, 19, won the grand champion of the senior division in the showmanship competition. He’s been involved in 4-H for the past 10 years. He worked with his lamb every day as he prepared for this year’s fair competition.
“I just train him to keep his feet set up wherever it needs to be and make sure he’s bracing on you and pushing hard,” Heffner said.
He calls his success inside the ring “a lot of hard work.”
Cara Schwartz, 13, of Spencerville won the grand champion of the junior division in the showmanship competition. She’s been raising sheep for the past five years.
So what does she like about it?
“The intensity. It’s so much fun to go out and show (her lamb),” Schwartz said.
The lessons learned through raising lambs is something that will stay with her. “The responsibility — because not only do you have to take care of yourself, you have to take care of an animal,” she said.
Allen County Agricultural Society board member Jake Clum was impressed with the kids and how they handled a junior fair only event because of COVID-19.
“It’s definitely different than normal. We’re very grateful that we were able to have the kids out here showing. There’s a lot of good things to come here and we’re very fortunate financially that we can do this where some counties are not. We’re very fortunate. It’s been a bit of a struggle to abide by the guidelines with some of the participants. At the end of the day when we tell him look if you want to show this is what we got to do. Everybody values that hard enough that we can show them and they do it,” Clum said.
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