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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Nine-year-old Lynkin Teegarden tends to his sheep, William and Freeda, named after his great-grandparents, at the Clay City Fair. Lynkin is the son of Megan and Trenity Shaw, Bowling Green. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
CLAY CITY -- Lynkin Teegarden always had a love for animals.

Lynkin, 9, son of Megan and Trenity Shaw, Bowling Green, live on a farm where they raise sheep, pigs, chickens and dogs and cats.

This year, Lynkin followed in his older sister's footsteps as he started showing animals through 4-H.

"I've always helped my sister," Lynkin said. "I like doing 4-H."

Lynkin, a member of the Big Green 4-H Group, elected to show sheep at the Clay City Fair this year, although he originally intended to show pigs.

However, a pig he planned to show, which his sister Kiersten had cared for, died earlier this year, leaving Lynkin to work with sheep.

His family purchased the two sheep earlier this year and Lynkin has been preparing for his showing debut since.

"I've been working with them every day," he said. "I'm going to show sheep every year, and maybe show some pigs."

Lynkin had been a member of Junior 4-H, but this is his first year in the big leagues.

His mother, Megan, said Lynkin wanted to show animals in 4-H because of her father.

"I think it's great," Megan said. "His grandpa showed sheep. I think 4-H teaches kids responsibility. He wanted to do it and we support him."

After purchasing the sheep, Lynkin elected to name the twins William and Freeda, after his great-grandparents.

He said he shaves their wool and even talks to them.

Even though he has worked with animals before, the soon-to-be fourth-grader at Clay City Elementary said getting the leashes on the sheep can be difficult.

"Trying to get their leashes on (is hard)," he said. "They don't like that. They get scared."

Clay City 4-H representative Lori Miller said Lynkin is part of a trend this year: Younger showers.

"It's up slightly. I think we have a few more than in the past," Miller said. "We have more younger members than older members (this year)."

Kiersten said she believes Lynkin's foray into animal showing will be good for him and his future.

"I think it's good for him to show something," the five-year animal showing veteran said. "That's pretty much all we do all summer. We never take vacations. Our vacation is the fair."

Lynkin, along with a host of others, will step into the spotlight Friday at the Clay City Fair.

The Sheep Show is scheduled for 9 a.m., followed by the Dairy Show (1 p.m.), and Goat Show (2 p.m.)

The Clay City Fair concludes with a fireworks display Saturday, at 10:30 p.m.

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