Toni Lopez and Sierra Lopez's lambs, LamLam to the right, and Maisy to the left, pose for their first picture in the Granite Hills Future Farmers of America pens. (Photo taken by Toni Lopez/Grizzly Gazette/March 5, 2012)
The Granite Hills FFA students, who have purchased a lamb for the 2012 Porterville Fair, have cleaned out their pens and have moved them into their new homes at Granite Hills in the agriculture department. Toni Lopez, Sierra Lopez, Madison Rice, and Josh Woodward are the four students that will be showing lambs this year for Granite Hills.
“I’m really excited for the fair this year! It’s my first time raising and showing an animal and I hope I do well,” said S. Lopez.
Friday at 2 p.m. S. Lopez, T. Lopez, and Woodward drove to the College of the Sequoias with Danell Daniel, the FFA advisor, to choose lambs.
Rice picked out her lamb separately and drove to Madera to purchase it.
“My lamb is so cute. It might be smaller than the other lambs, but it will be easier to work with since it is younger,” said junior T. Lopez.
On Sunday, Rice, S. Lopez, T. Lopez, and Woodward arrived at the Porterville Fair Grounds to get their lambs tagged. It costs $22.50 to enter one lamb per student; $10 to enter the lamb, $5 for showmanship, and $7.50 for the passes to enter the fair.
“I get really excited when we get our lambs tagged in because it means that were that much closer to fair time, which is my favorite time of the year,” said Rice.
Students will be working with their lambs until fair time. They will soon start sending out buyer’s letters in hopes of selling their lambs for a high price.
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