Name: Grace Peterson, 16.
Club: Evansville FFA.
Years showing at fair: Five.
Lamb’s name: Teddy.
What it takes to win: An emotional Peterson hugged her siblings and parents after winning the top award.
“It takes a lot of hard work, but the most important thing is the people you have. You need a lot of support, and I have that,” she said.
“This is a family thing, and winning makes me so proud and happy, and it’s just a great moment.”
What the judge looks for: Kent Spilde, a judge from Stoughton, said he looks for a lot of muscle in the animals with a level top and good legs and feet.
After seeing Peterson’s animal, he had a feeling it might be the grand champion.
“You like to have them handle firm and not soft,” he said. “I’ve been doing it a long time, so you kind of get a pretty good idea when you handle them the first time. It’s a great animal.”
Name: Brynlea Crull.
Club: Evansville 4-H.
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