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Grace Peterson, left, hugs Brynlea Crull, right, after winning grand champion lamb Wednesday at the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds in Janesville. Crull was the reserve champion.

Name: Grace Peterson, 16.

Club: Evansville FFA.

Years showing at fair: Five.

Lamb’s name: Teddy.

Breed: Natural.

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.”

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Judge Kent Spilde examines Grace Peterson’s lamb, Teddy, on Wednesday at the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds in Janesville.

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.”

Reserve champion

Name: Brynlea Crull.

Club: Evansville 4-H.

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Brynlea Crull stands with her reserve champion lamb Wednesday at the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds in Janesville.

For full fair coverage, including a daily schedule, go to GazetteXtra.com/fair.

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