By Mike McCormick
Tecumseh’s FFA chapter and Pottawatomie County 4-H shared the top honors in the sheep competition here as the 76th annual Junior Livestock Show got under way.
Hunter Dugan, of the Tecumseh FFA, showed the grand champion lamb. The 14-year-old daughter of Brent and Terrie Dugan, she is a ninth grader at Tecumseh High School.
Dugan has been showing for seven years, she said, and this is the sixth time to compete in the county Junior Livestock Show.
This is her first grand championship in the sheep competition, she stated, although she won grand champion laurels in the swine competition when she was 9.
She showed a Natural ewe in claiming the top award. Dugan also captured the Intermediate Showmanship award in the sheep competition.
Claiming the reserve grand champion honors in the sheep competition for the third consecutive year was Makensie Goggin, a member of the Pottwatomie County 4-H. The daughter of Danny Goggin and Amanda Glidden, she is a sixth grader at Robin Hill School in Norman.
She said what she enjoys about the show is “it’s fun and I love showing.” Goggin only shows sheep, she said, and this is her third county Junior Livestock Show with her claiming reserve grand each year. She exhibited a crossbred wether, she said.
With her winning reserve grand, she automatically qualifies for Friday’s premium sale as she has the past two years as well.
Dugan as grand champion also qualifies for the sale automatically.
Goggin also won the junior showmanship award in Tuesday’s sheep competition.
Winning the senior showmanship award in the sheep was Brayden Newton, a member of the Dale 4-H.
Arvest Bank sponsored both the grand and reserve grand champion awards.
The Junior Showmanship Award was sponsored by Shawnee Tinker Federal Credit Union.
The Intermediate Showmanship Award was sponsored by St. Anthony Hospital, Shawnee.
The Senior Showmanship Award was sponsored by Dr. Brian Drew, DDS.
The show continues today with the beef judging beginning at 11 a.m.