Future 4-Hers get a taste of sheep com­pe­ti­tion

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— At the Ce­cil County Fair Tues­day, 4-H mem­bers took a break from the sheep com­pe­ti­tion to show future mem­bers how it’s done.

Call it “Lit­tle Britches” or “Pee-wees,” but it’s a mo­ment in which chil­dren not yet old enough to join 4-H get the chance to lead an an­i­mal into the ring and go be­fore the judges.

“This is what’s it’s all about,” Ce­cil County Fair Board Vice Pres­i­dent Don Moore said. “Get them in, then get their feet wet and let them en­joy it.”

Mem­ber­ship in 4-H be­gins at age 8. Ella Bar­czewski is five years away from

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join­ing, but she hap­pily led a sheep around the ring in the Stafford Pav­il­ion. At the ten­der age of 3, she wasn’t saying much, but her mother, April Bar­czewski, called it a good op­por­tu­nity.

“It gives the lit­tlest kids an ex­pe­ri­ence, to try some­thing new and see if they like it,” she said.

Colton Nord­berg did like be­ing in the ring.

“It was a lit­tle bit easy and a lit­tle bit hard,” said Nord­berg, 5, of Conowingo.

While Colton was a few inches taller than his sheep, Ella was face-to-face with the sheep in her charge. Rope in hand, the future 4-H mem­bers tried their hand at lead­ing a sheep into the ring and get­ting it to stand in the proper stance for the judge. Older 4-H mem­bers ac­com­pa­nied each of the new­bies. Hai­ley Weaver walked with Ella, while Ruby Gar­vey aided Colton. They could be seen help­ing their charges get the sheep in line.

“Keep­ing the sheep straight was the easy part,” Colton said.

The harder part was keep­ing his legs from get­ting tan­gled with the sheep, he added.

Colton en­joyed the mo­ment so much he was al­ready mak­ing plans for the 2017 Ce­cil County Fair.

“I’m go­ing to show calves next year,” he said.

April Bar­czewski said chil­dren at this age only show lambs and goats, for safety rea­sons.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Ella Bar­czewski, 3, helps lead a sheep be­fore the judges dur­ing an event at the Ce­cil County Fair that in­tro­duces po­ten­tial 4-H mem­bers to the thrill of show­ing sheep in com­pe­ti­tion.

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