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Friday, July 23, 2010

Abbey Timberman placed second in the 2010 Clay County 4-H Fair Area Showmanship contest in the Dairy category. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Abbey Timberman and Lauren Reberger represented Clay County well Friday.

The two, along with a host of others, competed in the Wabash Valley Area Showmanship contest.

A total of 31 4-H'rs from throughout the Wabash Valley took part in the contest, which celebrated its 34th year Friday.

For 32 of those 34 years, the event has taken place at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds. The other two years, it took place in Sullivan.

"This is its home," Clay County 4-H Council Vice President Dianna Knox said.

Area 4-H'rs have an opportunity to show animals five categories, including goats, sheep, swine, dairy and beef.

The first-place finisher in each category receives an embroidered chair while the second- and third-place finishers receive plaques. All competitors also receive certificates.

The competition is for Champion of Champion winners only.

"For us, it brings out that spirit of competition," Knox said. "It's for fun, but also for bragging rights."

Timberman, 14, didn't know she was going to compete in the event until Thursday evening.

"I went in and told my parents," Abbey said. "I couldn't go to sleep like I (normally) do."

Lauren Reberger placed third in the 2010 Clay County 4-H Fair Area Showmanship contest in the Sheep category. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Only in her fifth year of 4-H, Abbey placed second in the Dairy competition.

"I love to show (animals)," she said. "I was pretty satisfied. I didn't think I'd get anything."

Abbey said a total of four people showed in the Dairy competition.

Six 4-H'rs took part in the Sheep competition, where Reberger placed third overall.

Friday was her first time competing in the Area Showmanship and she was proud of her accomplishments.

"I was very pleased," she said. "Pleased and excited."

Lauren is in her 10th and final year of 4-H. She said in the past, she has come to the show to watch other competitors and get tips from them.

"I watched how they prepared for the show," she said. "I was happy to represent Clay County. This is something I've wanted to do."

"It's nice to spread the 4-H spirit," Knox added.

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Congratulations. You make us all very proud.

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