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Celebrities to show sheep at county fair

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The fun begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, when various celebrities will attempt to show sheep at the Clay County 4-H Fair.

4-H Sheep Superintendent Bill Harshbarger organized the second annual fundraising event and has arranged for several novice Wabash Valley media and business people to participate.

"Although they will be judged, this is really just for fun," Harshbarger recently told The Brazil Times. "This year, we have special judge George Harold, Bargersville, Ind. He's judged sheep shows for years and participated in celebrity shows before."

Pointing out the event is all about entertaining the crowd, Harshbarger said Harold's sheep in a previous celebrity show laid down and he couldn't get it to stand up.

"George just laid down beside it," Harshbarger said.

Last year's event had it's own silliness. Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton had to figure out how to handle and show a pygmy goat during the event, while Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders came dressed in a dazzling outfit consisting of a green sports coat and yellow knickers with a straw hat. Heaton won the People's Choice Celebrity Champion, while the judge selected Sinders as the Celebrity Showmanship Champion.

All funds raised during the event will support the 4-H Sheep program.

Harshbarger said the crowd could expect more hyjinks this year "because you never know what the animals will do."

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