On Being A Champion. A Grand Champion.

If there is one thing I learned while living at the fair last week, it’s this.

Being in 4-H and showing animals at the fair is pop.u.lar. 

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No matter which barn you walked through there were rows after rows of that particular animal.

Cows.  Check!


Turkeys.  Check!


Horses.  Check!


Rabbits. Chickens. Ducks. Pigeons. Lambs. Goats. Steer.

Check! Check! Check! Check! Check! Check! Double Check!

Which goes to explain why it’s so difficult to win Grand Champion (#1 Winner in your Showcasing) or Reserve Grand Champion (#2 Winner in your Showcasing.)

And here’s a little secret…you want to win Grand Champion because then you make a lot of money during your auction.  A lotta, lotta moulah!  (My friend’s daughter won Grand Champion for Chickens and her set of chickens then sold for $510.)

Yes, you read that right.  Astonishing, eh?

The competition is vast and fierce and the animals were many.

Until we were wandering through the lamb barn and came across one lone pen with this cutie-pie creature in it.

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The one and only alpaca in the entire Jr. Fair Competition. 

Hmmm…I wonder who won Grand Champion in that division?!

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Can you hear the wheels churning in this brain of mine?

I’m thinking that maybe we should pick Alpacas as our project for next year.  We just might have a better chance of winning the big one!

Unless Alpacas aren’t even a division?  Maybe it was just sitting there to look cute and pretty?  And like no one has ever thought of this plan before?

Positive thinking here people!  I’m just going to choose to believe that I’ve found a brilliant solution to being a Grand Champion.

Just call us The Arthur Clan…also known as “The Alpaca Farmers”….also know as “Grand Champions.”

Or not…