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Wills delivers, her lamb is supreme grand champion

March 03, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — A big smile could be clearly seen on Stacey Wills' face when her lamb was announced as the supreme grand champion Saturday at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta.

"I'm really happy. This is my senior year and I finally won," she said.

Stacey, 17, is a member of FFA at Southwest High School in El Centro, where she is a senior.

She has been participating in the competition since fourth grade. She said moments before the judge announced her and her lamb as the champions she was nervous. She did not expect to make it so far, she added.

Second to Stacey in the judging was Jared Brady, 17, of Holtville 4-H.

Jared conceded he was nervous. After eight years participating in the competition he said he still gets jitters before every judging. He also admitted he did not think his lamb would make it so far.


"I didn't think it had the qualities I thought it needed," said Jared.

Stacey and Jared were two among scores of Imperial Valley youths who participated in this year's animal competitions. The animals judged included rabbits, cavies, junior waterfowl, poultry and goats.

On Friday and Saturday the animals and others were judged on their coats (if they have any), muscle tone, size, length, body features and cooperativeness.

Hillary Hodgkin, 10, of Magnolia 4-H in the Brawley area, competed with three animals — a cavy, a rabbit and a waterfowl.

Her cavy won best of breed, and that made her happy. But the fact she beat her brother Harry, 7, in that same competition simply added a little more frosting to the cake.

"It's a lot of hard work. You have to work with them a lot," said Hillary of the animals.

This was the second year Hillary has competed in the competition.

Judging will continue today for junior market beef, sheep and swine.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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