Wednesdayâ€™s Market Lamb Show at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair Market could have been advertised as Rambo vs. Rambo. The battle for the title of grand champion came down to two lambs of the same name. Unfortunately, only one Rambo could take the top spot.
Chance Mitchell, 11, a Clovis resident, and member of Curry County 4-H, had the winning lamb in the battle of the Rambos. Weighing in at 135 pounds, Mitchellâ€™s lamb was named champion in Class 7 before going on to win grand champion. The judgeâ€™s announcement was especially exciting for the young Mesa Elementary student.
â€œAmazing!â€ Mitchell said. â€œIt was so cool. He was walking toward me â€” I smiled so big.â€
Mitchell bought his lamb in March from James W. Duffey & Family Club Lambs in Roswell. Over the past four years, he has raised 35 lambs and has competed in four area competitions. According to Mitchell, a lot of effort went into preparing Rambo for Wednesdayâ€™s competition. Mitchell said that before the fair he fed his lamb every morning and night and groomed him monthly. In addition, he worked on showmanship and presentation techniques with Rambo for two hours a week during the summer. Mitchell admits that it was not an easy task.
â€œ[It was] hard work,â€ Mitchell said. â€œSometimes tears, blood â€” itâ€™s a lot of work, but itâ€™s really, really fun.â€
The Market Lamb Showâ€™s reserve grand champion title was awarded to Jessica Bursonâ€™s Rambo.
Burson, 16, a Roswell resident, is a member of Chaves County-Goddard FFA. Her reserve grand champion winning lamb is 9 months old and was born on Bursonâ€™s farm in March. Burson has been competing in lamb shows since she was 9. However, 2010 has been a magical year for her.
â€œI [won] grand champion at county, and the reserve grand at state, and the reserve grand here,â€ Burson said. â€œIâ€™ve had a very successful year.â€
Lambs that competed in Wednesdayâ€™s show were judged on body fat, muscle, overall balance, and physical structure.Â On Saturday, both lambs will be sold at the Junior Livestock Sale, which begins at 9 a.m.
Mitchell expects to show some emotion at the sale.
â€œIâ€™m going to be really sad,â€ Mitchell said. â€Iâ€™m going to cry.â€