Benton County Fair: It’s The Sheep’s Turn to Shine

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)- Martha Elvira Smith-Gomez, 9, has been training her lambs Fudge and Daffodil for months. She’s part of the 4H Club in Decatur in Benton County.

Kids and teens compete in the Market Lamb Show at the Benton County Fair. They are divided in age groups.

“I’ve been showing for six years now and I’m pretty good at it,” Smith-Gomez said.

Smith-Gomez was the grand champion in the five to eight year olds division in 2013. However, this year she moved up to compete with the 9 to 18 year olds.

“Daffodil, I’ve been with her for two years now. Fudge, he’s still young,” she said. “Daffodil will know what to do when the fair comes because she’s already been shown here. Fudge, I’ll have to work with him a little harder.”

The sheep are judged by their look and how well they can handle them.

“I like to do it because to me it’s fun,” Smith-Gomez said. “What else should I do with my free time?”

“They give me comfort and they are my buddies,” she said.

It costs $5 to get into the fair, which ends Saturday (Aug. 16).

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