WAYNESBURG – The Leadline and Wool Queen competitions will be held Aug. 5 at the Greene County Fair.
Participants in the Leadline competition wear an outfit made of at least 60 percent wool, and can be purchased or made by a home sewer. The object of the event is to demonstrate the beauty and versatility of wool and to present sheep in an attractive manner. Girls will lead a ewe lamb or yearling ewe, and shepherds will lead a ram lamb or wether lamb fitted for the show ring and trained to be led by the entrant.
Age categories are 3 to 7 for the tiny tots; 8 to 13 for the junior category; and 14 to 19 for the senior category. Participants will be judged by a panel of three judges on the presentation of the sheep, conditioning for the show ring, poise of the contestant, outfit suitable to their age and use of the wool outfit for their lifestyle.
If desired, the sheep may be decorated, usually to coordinate with the outfit of the participant.
Entries need to be submitted by Aug. 2 with a one-page commentary describing the outfit, the breed and ownership of the sheep, and how the wool outfit will fit into their lifestyle and their family and activities.
Submit entries to Janet Mawhinney, 408 Blaker Ridge Road, Waynesburg, 15370, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-966-2577.
The Wool Queen competition will be held prior to the Leadline event. Interested contestants need to be between 16 and 22 years old, be from a family that raises sheep or have carried a 4-H or FFA sheep project this year.
Contestants will be interviewed and should be able to answer questions about the sheep industry, the animal from the “barn to the kitchen,” care of sheep and breeds of sheep.
The representative chosen will be eligible to participate in the state competition in October.