MIAMI COUNTY — Perched on the railing hovering above his prize-winning lambs, Jacob Roeth, 11, of Troy, had to take a deep breath as he rattled off all of his livestock accomplishments at this year’s Miami County Fair.
“I did really good with my goats and sheep this year,” Roeth said Tuesday following the Born and Raised Lamb Show. “My favorite thing is showing animals because you get money. It’s just fun to do and be with my friends and show right beside them.”
The Miami East Elementary School fifth-grade student took home multiple banners, trophies and ribbons with his 4-H projects at the Miami County Fair: Grand Champion Open Show Market Lamb, Junior Fair Grand Champion Market Lamb, Champion Yearling Crossbred Ewe, Champion Crossbred Ewe Lamb, Champion Overall Crossbred Ewe, Reserve Champion Born and Raised Market Lamb and 4th place Overall Born and Raised Market Lamb.
“My favorite is my No. 141 sheep that I got grand champion with because I bid on it and I bought it at an auction,” Roeth said. “My dad helped me pick it out. Me and my dad work together on my animals.”
And then, there’s his prize-winning goats: Reserve Champion Market Goat, 3rd Overall Market Goat, Grand Champion Junior Doe, Overall Grand Champion Doe, 5th Overall Born and Raised Market Goat.
And then, of course, was Roeth’s Grand Champion AOB Dorper Lamb and Grand Champion lamb carcass results at the Ohio State Fair.
“I really liked working with my dorper,” he said.
Roeth is a member of the Elizabeth Livestock. He is the son of Justin Roeth of Troy.
Gump: Queen of the ring
Carly Gump, 17, of Fletcher, also had a long list of accomplishments with her lamb projects at the Miami County Fair.
Gump was named Showman of Showman during the sheep showmanship contest on Tuesday. Gump also won Grand Champion Born and Raised Market Lamb, Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb and Grand Champion Pen of Two Lambs.
Gump said earning the title “Showman of Showman” was her personal favorite after years of finishing second, close behind her older brother Colin who graduated last year.
“I’ve been working for awhile to try and beat my brother,” Carly shared Tuesday. “These young people out there are getting better and better.”
Carly shared how she and her sister Chloe get up early in the morning to work with their sheep. The sisters then devote another hour or so each evening to their lamb projects.
“My sister and I will spend an hour or two out in the barn just working with them,” she said. “Showmanship is a big family thing with us because it’s not about your sheep, it’s about what you are doing.”
Gump shared she enjoys the experience of showing lambs around the region.
“It’s taught me a lot of life lessons, which hopefully I can carry with me when I go off to college,” Gump shared.
Gump is the daughter of Janet and Kevin Gump of Fletcher.
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