SPRINGFIELD (Aug. 13) Even though it was his animal’s first time in the show ring, Jared Whitcomb, 13, did not win Grand Champion Wether with beginner’s luck.
“I knew Spooky was one of my best wethers, so I saved him for State Fair,” said Whitcomb. “He is well balanced and carries a lot of muscle.”
Whitcomb’s 140-pound Hampshire wether, Spooky, earned him a ticket to the 2005 Illinois State Fair Governor’s Sale of Champions, pending verification. The wether will sell on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Whitcomb won grand champion and reserve grand champion honors with other wethers this summer. He attributes his success to show ring experience and continually working with his animals. Whitcomb has been showing sheep since he was 4 years old.
Whitcomb plans to save the money he earns at the sale for college. He hopes to be an Illini in a few years. This fall, he will be in 8th grade at Greenview Junior and Senior High School.
His parents are Ed and Coni Whitcomb. He is a member of the Greenview Boosters 4-H Club in Menard County.
Ariana Earnest, 16, of Carroll County won Reserve Grand Champion with her Suffolk wether. Earnest will be a junior at Eastland High School this fall and is a member of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club. She is the daughter of Linda and Dennis Earnest.
Writer: Katie Knapp, Jr. Department Press Office Intern
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