Nevada County People: Aug. 7, 2008 |

Nevada County People: Aug. 7, 2008

The opening of the Nevada County Fair was a blue-ribbon day – literally – for 16-year-old Annie Sanchez and her lamb, Stan.

The lamb raised by Sanchez, a member of the Bear River High School FFA team, was judged the best at the fair.

“It’s really exciting,” said Sanchez after winning her award. “It’s rewarding because I really worked hard with the lamb, as everyone did at FFA and 4-H.

“I spent a lot of time to make sure my lamb was healthy and that we were prepared.”

Sanchez’s 6-month-old lamb won Supreme Market Lamb and The Champion FFA Lamb.

She also won third place for her showmanship at the fairgrounds Wednesday. She competed against 50 other youths who were showing their lambs.

Sanchez is one of the 350 students showing livestock at the fair, one of the most popular events for fair-goers and participants.

She bought her lamb three months ago.

“I fed him, exercised him, made sure he was healthy overall and dewormed him,” she said. “Once we got to the fair, we groomed and prepared him for the show.”

Stan will be sold at a livestock auction at the fairgrounds Sunday, she said.

“It is a little sad to see him go,” Sanchez said. But raising an animal and preparing it for a show teaches “kids to have responsibility and be an entrepreneur,” Sanchez added.

This is Sanchez’s third year showing livestock at the fair.

“I plan on showing lamb again next year,” said Sanchez.

The Nevada County Fair started Wednesday at the fairgrounds on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. The event, which continues through Sunday, includes displays of about a dozen different types of animals including horses, cows, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits and chicken.

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