Norris claims lamb competition

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 29, 2007

ROME TOWNSHIP — Nineteen lambs and their owners strutted their stuff at the livestock arena in the Lawrence County Junior Fair market lamb show Monday evening.

And in the end, Brittany Norris and her entry took home the top prize. Meanwhile a sister act continued one family’s fair legacy.

Judge Dan Shell, of Midland, said the ideal lamb is “fairly long-bodied” with a nice layer of fat over muscle. In the end, he selected Norris’s lamb as being the one that most closely resembled that ideal. But he said he was pleased with all of the entries and all of the young people who took part.

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“I don’t think we thank kids enough for the things they do right. We tell them when they do something wrong but we need to tell them when they do something right,” Shell said.

Norris said she owed her grand champion trophy to “ a lot of hard work.” She said after the coompetiton,

“I’m just excited and glad it’s over.”

Kayla Saunders won the reserve champion trophy.

She also said she was excited.

“It took alot of hard work and alot of time,” Saunders said. She thanked her family for their help along the way.

Kelsey Huddle took third and fifth place while Kendra Saunders took fourth place.

It was a night for the Huddle family as Kelsey won first place in the senior lamb showmanship competition and sister Kaitlyn came in second.

“Both are very, very good showmen,” Shell said of the Huddle sisters.. They’re my kind of showmen as far as what they did and how they did it.”

How did they do it?

“You’ve really got to work with your animals,” Kaitlyn said.

“And work every day,” Kelsey agreed. “If you don’t they will jump around on you.”

Kelsey and Kaitlyn are continuing a fair tradition: Older sister Julie was

senior lamb showman three years in a row during her days in 4-H.

In the junior lamb showmanship competition, Tiara Hatfield took first place while Tyler Rowe placed second.

In the lamb skillathon competition, the top three senior winners were Kelsey Huddle, Kaitlyn Huddle and Timmy Humphrey, respectively. The top three junior winners were Tyler Rowe, Kalli Hunt and Tiara Hatfield, respectively.