Caysi Wood, 6, poses with her winning sheep Little Rainbow at the Wool Lead competition Friday. (Tess Townsend Photo)
Contestants ranging in age from 2 to 9 years old wowed judges with sophisticated homemade fashion in Friday’s Wool Lead competition at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.
Wool Lead is a fashion show in which participants display silk, cotton, wool and leather outfits.
This year, the event had four winners: three young ladies and a lamb. All contestants went home with ribbons and gift bags.
The competition’s winning sheep was Little Rainbow, belonging to 6-year-old Caysie Wood. Wood and her sheep got to take home a black sheep skin in addition to the other prizes.
Wood is the daughter of Donna and Jeff, of Dexter.
Wood’s father said that he and his daughter keep Little Rainbow fit and stylish by exercising her every day.
Shaylee Priest, age 5 1/2, of Clovis, said she was “excited” to win for the wool outfit she wore in the 5 and under age category.
“It’s so much fun,” she said of the competition, in which she has participated for three years.
Asked whether she liked the outfit her “Auntie Sherri” made for her, she nodded.
Priest is the daughter of Gid and Lynette.
Winner of the age 6 to 9 category was Stacy Harrel, 7, daugther of Clay and Jill, of Encino. The fashionista has participated in Wool Lead for the past three years.
Competition Commentator Jeri Key, of Roswell, said of Harrel, during her time on the “runway,” that she loves shopping.
Addison Flanagan, 5, daughter of Karrie and Chris, of Logan, was the only entrant and winner in the cotton category of the competition.
When Flanagan’s mother asked her why she likes the competition, Flanagan said, “because it’s fun, silly.”
“My mommy always says silly things,” she added.
Wool Lead Superintendent Jeanine Corn-Best said she thought the competition went well.
“I like to see their faces,” she said of the young contestants.
“I like to see how they react,” especially the 2-year-olds, she added.
Corn-Best said she hopes to see entries into the ready-made category next year, as well as the adult categories. She emphasized that entries into the ready-made category must be American made.
“We support America,” she said with a fist pump.