COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Monday was NBC4 Family Value Day at the Ohio State Fair. We talked to one family who makes the fair a yearly tradition.
Fairs always have fun rides and great food, but there are lots of competitions, too. There are people who have waited all year to show off their prized animals, including one western Ohio family who has made it a decade- old tradition.
Robert Peters of Peters’ Corriedales said his family has been showing sheep since 1958.
“My son has sort of taken it over,” he said. “These are all my grandchildren. I’ve got 13 of them and we’re all involved as a family and having a great time.”
Everyone has a hand is grooming the sheep and getting them ready. All the children are participating in a process that takes months.
12 year old Cody Williams explained, “I like the progress that you see when you accomplish something that you have been working on for a while. like with your market lamb or any lamb that you have.”
He has learned a lot in his first year showing sheep, such as how to make sure the animal will impress the judges.
“You have to brace it, learn how to brace it, so it will flex so the judges can see the muscles that it has,” he said.
The younger kids are also in the sheep’s pen, dressed and ready for their fair fun.
One youngster told NBC4 her favorite part about raising sheep is “getting the sheep ready for the shows.”
Many of these children hope to one day carry on their grandfather’s legacy.
It will not be an easy task. Peters said.
“The days, the long hours, the cold nights when you’re going out there and trying to take care of the baby lambs.”
Raising sheep will remain this Darke County family’s tradition that culminates yearly at the Ohio State Fair.