Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kids, critters and dollars

An integral segment of the Blaine County Fair every year is the Blaine County 4-H Market Animal Sale held Saturday at the fairgrounds in Carey. When asked what he liked about the sale and the fair, Picabo rancher Nick Purdy said, “It represents the good part of America, the volunteers, donations, the monies from the animal sales going towards the kids’ college education and the fact that it keeps the community together.” After a community lunch, 4-H kids paraded their groomed animal projects around the pen while citizens and business representatives bid on the animals. Clockwise from top: 1) Willow Anderson leads her 116-pound lamb around the arena. 2) Eleven-year-old and fourth-year and third-generation 4-H member Kylie Wood shows her 1,230-pound steer Gizmoe, to the delight of the crowd. 3) Sophomore at Carey High School Derrick Baird shows his lamb, named Vakidis. He has been in 4-H for eight years and this year he won Grand Champion in Fitting and Showing, Grand Champion in Quality, and was the Round Robin Grand Champion as he competed in steer, sheep, horse and pig. 4) First year 4-H competitor Connor Simpson won Grand Champion honors with his steer, Midas. He enjoys washing Midas and is excited to start saving money for college. 5) Nine-year-old Jette Ward puts the finishing grooming on her lamb, Kevin. She is a three-year 4-H member and competed this year in archery, poultry and lamb, wining Grand Champion honors in showmanship for poultry.
Express photos by Willy Cook and Alexandra Begley

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