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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Usually, fire department and law enforcement personnel work together for the greater good, but Tuesday evening they will be battling against one another for a good cause.

This year, the Clay County 4-H Fair Sheep Show will include the Celebrity Sheep Show with firefighter personnel vs. law enforcement officers.

The third Celebrity Sheep Show will begin in the show ring at 7 p.m.

Center Point Volunteer Fire Department Vice President and Sheep Superintendent Bill Harshbarger said the event is not "dead serious" like regular livestock shows, and the proceeds will serve as a fundraiser.

"It's individuals and yet it's a team thing too," Harshbarger explained. "It's supposed to be a fun thing. None of the people in this have ever shown livestock before. All the money goes to the 4-H Council for the fair."

Harshbarger localized the event after seeing a Celebrity Sheep Show at the State Fair in 2006, where Governor Daniel's wife Cheri and Secretary of State Todd Rokita won Grand Champion and Champion, respectively.

"Those results were already pre-determined of course, but ours won't be. It's up to the judges," Harshbarger told The Brazil Times. "There will also be buckets that people can drop money in for the people's choice, which will go toward the fundraiser of course."

This is the third year for the contest at the Clay County 4-H Fair. In previous years, contestants have been county politicians and local business representatives.

"One year, our County Commissioner Paul Sinders showed up in yellow walking shorts, a green blazer with a sunflower about 5 inches in diameter and a straw hat on," Harshbarger recalled.

He has contacted both Clay County Emergency Management Director Brian Husband and Sherriff Mike Heaton to help round up the deputies, fire chiefs and volunteer firefighters.

Husband's team includes Mandy Shepard and Tim Williams of Van Buren Volunteer Firefighters, Dustin True of Center Point Volunteer Fire Department and Larry Temple of Posey Township Fire Department.

"It's always good to support the youth of the county," Husband said. "It's always a privilege to help and support the 4-H. It's also an opportunity to have fun."

Harshbarger told The Brazil Times he can't wait to see the sheriff's deputies in their bright green T-shirts.

Heaton's team includes Chief Deputy Rob Gambill, Det. Jeff Maynard, Sgt. Jason Frazier and Deputy Homer Knopp, all of the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

"This is a perfect opportunity to have fun and let the community know we're still people, even though we are law enforcement," Heaton said. "We hope people will come out and watch the show."



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