Sewing and silliness were served up at The Great Frederick Fair as more 4-H members dressed up their animals and put smiles on fairgoers’ faces.
It wasn’t a baaaaad showing at the sheep ring Wednesday for Grace Ellis, 11, who secured first place in the junior division with her sheep Aine in the decorated lamb contest. Grace has been a member of the Calico Clover 4-H club for the past three years.
Grace’s hand-drawn milk carton covered her from shoulder to calf with plenty of sheep-milk facts. Aine got the chance to be the farmer for the evening, and paraded politely around in a hat and dress beside Grace.
Before the show, Grace said she was looking forward to “the competition and having fun.”
Madie Goodman, 13, also took first place in the intermediate division with her sheep Gerard in their magician and playing card coordinated outfits. The card’s suit was 4-H clovers, of course. Her cousin, Kyra Goodman, 11, and sheep Mary took third place in the junior division with their matching orange softball jerseys and socks.
“My sister helped me do it,” Kyra said. “She’s a really good showman.”
Ella McDonald, 9, brought out chuckles from the crowd with her sheep wrapped neck to tail in yellow streamers as the cutest bumblebee the fair has ever seen. She shared several facts about B vitamins in lamb meat and took home a second-place ribbon in the junior division.
Also in the sheep ring was the Shepherd Lead Contest, which included four young ladies in homemade wool outfits and matching scarves for their lambs.
The contest’s youngest competitor, Caroline Clark, 10, impressed the judges with a light blue dress she made this summer and scarf she made for her borrowed sheep Felicity.
“I like doing this because I can win a prize or two, and I can use the wool to make a dress or skirt next year,” Caroline said.
In the intermediate division, Kallan Latham, 14, secured first place with a dress one of her older sisters made, and Kiandra Strickhouser, 12, took second with a vest and skirt she made. Both show for Rocky Ridge 4-H Club.
Across the fairgrounds, in the poultry and rabbit barn, Alichia Flowers, 11, dressed up her silky chicken, Sugar, as cotton candy. After she painted cushion stuffing pink and blue, it was just a matter of finding a suitable cone, said her mother, Stacey Flowers. Alichia has raised chickens for seven years and regularly dresses up her birds, she said.
“They’re kind and sweet if you handle them,” Alichia said as Sugar sat quietly on the bench.
Mia McGuffin’s 6-month-old rabbit, Cookie, was not as well-behaved. Holding her witch’s broom, Mia explained how Cookie chewed her miniature pumpkin while she read her script. Both were dressed as witches for Halloween, which is right around the corner, she said.
“Sometimes she’s a good witch and sometimes she’s a bad witch,” Mia said. “And right now she’s a bad witch.”