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Halfhill competes in multiple 4-H events

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Whitney Halfhill had quite a long day Tuesday.

After spending the entire day at the Clay County 4-H Fair, where she captured Grand Champion Overall Market Lamb and Grand Champion Market Lamb Intermediate Showmanship, the 11-year-old didn't get to sleep until 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

But she was right back at the fairgrounds by 8 a.m. to recite a prayer prior to the 2007 Swine Show.

"I was nervous about doing it, because I don't like to talk in front of people," Halfhill said Wednesday afternoon while waiting for the Swine Show to continue. "But I did it."

"We haven't had much (sleep)," Whitney's mother Marlene said.

Halfhill was admittedly tired Wednesday and who could blame her. She's been showing animals since the fair began earlier last week.

She competed in the Dog Show in addition to showing cattle, sheep, lamb, swine and horses. She's also found time to show items in the exhibit hall.

"I'm doing pretty well in there," she said.

"She's had a very good week," Marlene added.

So far this week, Halfhill has won Overall Showmanship, Junior Division Showmanship and Reserve Grand Champion in Obedience at the Dog Show; the banners and trophies from the Sheep Show; Champion Simmental Steer; Poll Bending at the Horse Show; and Reserve Champion as of Wednesday at the Swine Show.

The soon-to-be fifth-grade Van Buren Elementary student is only in her second year, but she comes from a rich family tradition of fair competitors.

"I've been in 4-H for two years," she said. "But all of my family has been in it since I was born. Even though I haven't been able to show (animals), I've helped my family."

"Our whole family has been very active in 4-H," Marlene said.

Whitney, who lives on a farm outside of Brazil, is the daughter of Dennis and Marlene Halfhill. Her brother, Wyatt, 14, is also competing in the fair this year and they are members of the Van Buren Hustlers.

Despite not getting a lot of shut-eye recently, Whitney said she was well-prepared for the fair this year.

"I knew it was coming," she said. "It's a lot of hard work, but I love doing it. You've got to make time."

In her preparation for the fair, Whitney took her lambs for walks while also working with her dog. In addition, she practiced with her other animals and said she didn't need a lot of practice for the horse show because she rides horses frequently.

"I have no favorite (animal)," she said. "I like them all."

Whitney said she competed in the state fair last year after doing well at the 2006 Clay County 4-H Fair.

"I did good last year," she said. "I have a lot of trophies from last year, but I would say this year has been my best year."

"She loves being down here," Marlene said. "That's a big part of this."

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