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Kids learn life skills showing sheep at the fair

Posted at 5:07 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 19:32:31-04

TULSA — Everyone loves the rides and the foods at the fair. Another big part of it is the agriculture programs. Kids get to show off all kinds of animals that they work with.

Friday was the opening sheep show. Kids and teens of all ages from all over the state showed off their sheep. It takes a lot of work to get the sheep where they are.

“First they’re usually pretty wild and it takes a while to, like, calm them down and they need to hold still and not move around," said Abby Cardwell, who has been showing sheep since she was 5-years-old. "And then when you’re walking them, you want them to walk and not just hold still and not go.”

This is Jesse Williams third year at the fair. He is showing more than a dozen sheep and has to work hard to get them ready.

“If it’s a slick we wash them and we dry them," Williams said. "And then whenever we do that we fluff them. We just get them ready and make sure they having nothing on them. We sheer them again if they need it.”

Williams said it takes about 40 minutes per sheep if doing it quickly, but the sheep can make things difficult at times.

“It depends on how dirty they are. Washing them, I don’t like to wash them really," he said.

Williams said the hardest part of it all is time management.

Cardwell said they learn many lessons besides how to show sheep.

“I like that you learn really good leadership skills from it," she said. "And you learn to have responsibility and to just be a good citizen. And I think that’s a really good part of being in FFA.”

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