4-Hers show market lambs and prepare for auction Friday

"She's my favorite," says Catlyn Britt-Rankin as she gives her sheep, Madonna, a kiss. "I just love her personality!" The senior at Hickman High School has been showing sheep since fourth grade.

The rain Tuesday morning couldn’t dampen the spirits of 4-Hers preparing for the market lamb show at the Boone County Fair.

The 4-Hers were shearing, washing and leading their lambs while the rain was coming down. Luckily, the sun came out in time for them to show at 6 p.m.

Market lambs are lambs that can be sold in the auction on Friday for their meat. Each 4-Her has the option of selling one lamb in the auction, said Jo Britt-Rankin, co-superintendent for lambs for Boone County 4-H. The 4-Hers can sell a total of two animals in the auction, but they can only sell one of a species, she continued. There will be about 30 white-faced, black-faced and speckled-faced market lambs sold on Friday.

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