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As the Great Jones County Fair’s Sheep Show utilized the more wide open spaces of the Equestrian Center and not in its normal home in the small animal barn, to allow for attendees to social distance as much as possible, one of the smallest figures in the ring got noticed for battling with his uncooperative ewe.

After participating in the Clover Kids program in previous years, Garrett Appelhans of Anamosa made his 4-H show debut in the sheep ring, showing three different entries. While showing in the final class of the black-faced market ewes, Appelhans struggled with the entry that earned him first in the class, which was almost as big as he was.

Appelhans had been working with the sheep since they arrived in April and said that the sheep was usually better behaved than it was on show night, perhaps thrown off by the new surroundings of the show ring.

Appelhans didn’t get his chance to show at the previous week’s Wyoming Fair, as their open sheep show was a casualty of a pandemic-shortened schedule, but said he felt good stepping into the ring for the first time July 20. He said he felt comfortable in the ring, despite it being his first 4-H level show and was looking forward to showing animals at both fairs next year when Wyoming’s sheep show presumably returns.

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