Not only did Logan Harvel’s sheep win the Grand Champion award Thursday at the Fayette County Junior Fair Market Lamb Show, he also was named the Overall Sheep Showman.
Weston Melvin was named Reserve Champion of the Market Lamb Show.
Harvel placed first in the heavyweight class, and Melvin placed first in the Suffolk class.
“First of all I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you guys down here. I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with a great group of kids at a beautiful fairgrounds,” said Matt Martin, the judge.
“There’s going to be a little give and take before you can get what you want. I guess when it comes down to it, I like structure. I don’t particularly like the way we chase trends…I think they need to be functional first, enjoyable to look at, and profitable to work with.”
Martin reminded the exhibitors to thank their families for helping them with all the hard work. “It’s definitely teamwork working with these animals all summer long. You need to thank everyone for supporting you along the way.”
After a significant amount of time considering his options, Martin then congratulated Harvel as Grand Champion before going to Melvin and congratulating him as Reserve Champion.
Earlier in the day, Harvel had also been named Grand Champion Showman.
“This young man can just handle any animal I handed him — and some of them were difficult. Not every sheep is going to handle and set up the same way, but he knew what he needed to do and he didn’t stare me down, but was always aware and conscious of where I was and what I needed from him,” Martin said of Harvel.