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Abby Heistad has benefited greatly from the Langlade County 4-H program and the fair, and now she’s sharing her knowledge with others.

In her last year of eligibility, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student has taken over as chairman of the sheep program, with guidance from the adult leaders in the other livestock programs, and is teaching the younger 4-Hers the intricacies of raising and showing lambs.

“I bet she has had her hands on most of the lambs that are going through the ring today,” Roseann Hoffman, a longtime 4-H leader, said. “She saw a need and she filled it. She has really gone above and beyond to help the program.”

Heistad said that she saw a void in the program following the graduation of some longtime members. An experienced exhibitor who has shown on a state and national basis, she took the lead, recruited members, led clinics and worked with the more inexperienced youth and their lambs.

The results of her efforts were on display in the livestock pavilion this afternoon, with judging in various market and showmanship categories. And the lambs will return to the ring Friday evening at the market animal sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the livestock pavilion.

Today’s fair action also included rabbit judging—including a costume contest—which stretched through the morning in the exhibition building and beef judging, which was filling the pavilion with spectators by mid-morning.

Llamas and pygmy goats rounded out today’s judging schedule.

Other events on today’s docket include the T-Texas Terry entertaining with hypnosis at 4 p.m. and roping at 6:30 p.m., and the very popular 4-H cake auction, which will fill the multi-purpose building with bidders at 5 p.m.,

The Vic Ferrari variety band will be under the midway music tent at 7 p.m. That show, sponsored by Volm Companies and CoVantage Credit Union, is a traditional fair favorite and will likely bring dancers and listeners out in droves.

People heading to Vic tonight may want to bring a light jacket, with lows dropping into the mid to low 60s later in the evening.
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Abby Heistad grooms her market lamb, Leo, in preparation for judging this afternoon. The wrap, known as a slinky, on the lamb on the left keeps its coat pristine prior to showing.
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