By Michelle Leidy-Franklin
CLEARWATER – The Bullard family from the Clearwater Ninnescah Valley 4-H club secured multiple wins at the 4-H and Sedgwick County Fair. They live on a small family farm outside of Clearwater and joined 4-H for the comradery and desire to make memories together.
Fifteen-year-old Lucas Bullard won overall grand champion for his Langshan Rooster during the Sedgwick County Fair. He won both the 4-H and open class grand champion.
The Langshan rooster is a black bird with a red comb and feathered feet. The breed is highly susceptible to mites and required work to maintain his appearance.
“He was really surprised to win. The same bird did okay last year, but he took it home and worked on the bird’s appearance and it paid off,” said Lucas’s mother Wendy Bullard.
Lucas also won best of breed for his white Silkie chicken.
Lucas was unable to attend the Fair as he had recently taken a job working for Lemolo Lake KOA campground in Oregon owned by a family friend. His family took the bird to the Fair for him and later informed him of his win.
Twelve-year-old Daphne Bullard has been showing dairy goats for 5 years and meat goats for 2. She received the 4-H grand champion award in junior dairy for her Lamancha goat and a reserve grand champion for her Grade Lamancha Cross.
Daphne also received a grand champion award in intermediate showmanship with a dairy goat that allowed her to participate for the first time in the round robin event.
Wendy says Daphne enjoys 4-H because it gives her the opportunity to be around other like-minded kids that have livestock and share similar hobbies and interests.
Seven-year-old brother, Corbin, was not yet old enough to compete in the 4-H Fair so he entered his Langshan Rooster in the open class division. He won reserve grand champion for his bird.