Excited, nervous and exhausted from a full day of showing lambs, Kevyn Thompson was eager to know if her lamb placed in the lamb show Wednesday at the Curry County Fair.
The judge had already picked the grand champion. Now he slowly walk around the lambs, stopped in front of Thompson, and shook her hand. Her lamb, Chris Paul, was selected reserve grand champion lamb.
Thompson, 15, moved to Texico this summer from Tucumcari and will be starting as a sophomore at Texico High School. She has been showing lambs since she was 9 and has also shown pigs, goats and steers.
She planned to show a dairy heifer named Daisy later in the week.
What is your favorite thing about being an exhibitor at fairs?
Showing the animals and spending time with them. I love the competition of showing and it is really exciting. Hanging out with my friends is fun too, but showing your animal is really fun.
What is your favorite animal to show?
Sheep because I have been with sheep all my life. My dad raised sheep since I was little.
What is your favorite animal movie?
What are you looking forward to starting school at Texico?
All the good friends I will make.
Why did you start showing dairy heifers?
My friend and I have been talking about showing dairy heifers together. We also talked about how much money they make and how much fun it would be to show one.
How did you feel when you won reserve grand champion lamb?
I was shaking because I was so happy.
Why did you name your lamb Chris Paul?
I love basketball and my lamb is from California, so I named him after the Los Angeles Clippers’ guard.
— Compiled by CMI staff writer Lillian Bowe