Darren McLaughlin won Grand Champion honors with his market lamb during the Colorado State Fair. McLaughlin's heavyweight market lamb sold for $13,500.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Darren McLaughlin won Grand Champion honors with his market lamb during the Colorado State Fair. McLaughlin's heavyweight market lamb sold for $13,500.

Locals show off their prize-winning livestock at State Fair

Kelly McLaughlin said the McLaughlin family members still are pinching themselves. That's because 13-year-old Darren, Willard and Kelly's son, won Grand Champion honors with his market lamb during the Colorado State Fair.

"It's a big deal, " his mother said.

"At State Fair, you're showing against the best kids in the state," she explained. "Between 300 and 400 head of market lambs are exhibited, and only 35 get to sell."

Kelly said that to win Grand Champion, "First, Darren had to win in his class, then first or second in his division, and then be qualified for the Championship drive."

During the five years he's shown at Colorado State Fair, Darren's goal was to place well enough to qualify for the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale. He's made it every year, but this year, he made it to the big time. Bob, Darren's 140-pound Grand Champion heavyweight market lamb, sold for $13,500. The Denver Rustlers was the buyer. Kelly said Darren had spent a lot of time in the barn with Bob since April. The Hampshire-Suffolk cross lamb came from the McLaughlin herd.

Even though the State Fair is over, Darren's work isn't. He's feeding lambs for the 2009 National Western Stock Show and the American Royal Show in Kansas City in late October.

"We're a team, the whole family, " Kelly added. "We're so proud of Darren."

State Fair winners from Moffat County

• Market Steers, Class 1704: Chelsee Camblin, third place

• Showmanship, Market Steers, Intermediate Division (13- to 15-year-olds): Chelsee Camblin, first place

• Market Goats, Class 3302, Lightweight Division: Andrea Maneotis, first place

• Market Goats, Class 3302, Lightweight Division: Alexi Goodnow, fifth place

• Market Goats, Class 3303, Lightweight Division: Andrea Maneotis, third place

• Market Goats, Class 3303, Lightweight Division: Makayla Goodnow, fourth place

• Market Goats, Class 3304, Mediumweight Division: Alexi Goodnow, third place

• Market Goats, Class 3306, Mediumweight Division: Alexi Goodnow, ninth place

• Market Goats, Class 3307, Heavyweight Division: Karissa Maneotis, fourth place

• Market Goats, Class 3307, Heavyweight Division: Makayla Goodnow, ninth place

• Market Goats, Class 3308, Heavyweight Division: Makayla Goodnow, eighth place

• Market Goats, Class 3309, Heavyweight Division: Alexi Goodnow, seventh place

• Showmanship, Market Goats, Class 3356, Intermediate Division (13- to 15-year-olds): Karissa Maneotis, fifth place

• Showmanship, Market Goats, Class 3357, Junior Division (8- to 12-year-olds): Andrea Maneotis, sixth place

• Market Hogs, Class 6100, Other Purebreds: Andrea Maneotis, third place

• Market Hogs, Class 6300, Yorkshire: Jerrica DeLong, sixth place

• Grand Champion Market Lamb, Class 5198: Darren McLaughlin, Champion

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5100, Lightweight Division: Karissa Maneotis, fourth place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5102, Lightweight Division: Jerrica Delong, fifth place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5104, Lightweight Division: Darren McLaughlin, second place, and Jerrica DeLong, sixth place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5105, Middleweight: Jerrica DeLong, fifth place, Andrea Maneotis, eighth place, and Alexi Goodnow, tenth place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5106, Middleweight: Karissa Maneotis, third place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5107, Middleweight: Jerrica DeLong, third place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5108, Middleweight: Karissa Maneotis, second place and Emily Hepworth, sixth place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5110, Light Heavyweight: Karissa Maneotis, fourth place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5111, Light Heavyweight: Andrea Maneotis, eighth place, and Emily Hepworth, ninth place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5112, Light Heavyweight: Darren McLaughlin, first place, Emily Hepworth, fifth place, and Makayla Goodnow, eleventh place

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5113, Heavyweight: Darren Mclaughlin (This was the Grand Champion lamb.)

• Market Lambs, Black Face, Class 5115, Heavyweight: Darren McLaughlin, third place

• Market lambs, Black Face, Class 5116, Heavyweight: Emily Hepworth, third place

• Showmanship, Market Lambs, Class 5406, Intermediate ( 13- to 15-year-olds): Karissa Maneotis, third place

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