Lamb championship grand for Basinger

By Scott Halasz shalasz@civitasmedia.com

July 30, 2014

XENIA — The hard work finally paid off for Jordan Basinger.

Much like the previous years, the 17-year-old from Jamestown spent countless hours with his lamb in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s Homegrown Lamb Show at the Greene County Fair. But this time his trip to the final draw produced results that weren’t baaaaaad.

The Greenview High School senior was named grand champion for his 120-pound lamb he’s cared for since its birth earlier this year.

“I was just like ‘finally,’ ” Basinger said. “This is pretty nice.”

That lamb previously won first place in Class 2 (lighter weights) but with stiff competition from the other three classes Basinger wasn’t sure how he would fare until judge Tracy Dendinger of Washington Court House started walking his way.

“At the very end I knew she liked my lamb,” Basinger said. “I didn’t think she would pick the smallest lamb. When she walked past (that one) I knew she was going to pick mine. When we pick our lambs (to enter) we pick the ones we think are going to be the best.”

It was pretty obvious for Dendinger whose was best.

“That was the complete sheep in terms of carcass merits,” she said. “For this time of year … he obviously was the best one.”

Basinger had another lamb finish fifth overall after winning Class 1 (lightest weights). In all he has 22 lambs and plans on taking them back home to breed them when the fair is over. Unless he wins the overall sheep contest.

“When they win you can’t (take them home),” Basinger said. “You have to sell them. It’s bittersweet.”

Logan Spracklen of Springfield, a member of Prime Producers 4-H was the reserve grand champion and also had the fourth-place overall lamb. His reserve champ was second in Class 2 behind Basinger, while his fourth-place overall lamb was second in Class 4 (140 pounds and up).

“I’m not too disappointed,” Spracklen, 10, said. He was the grand champion last year and showed feeder calves on Sunday and was successful.

“I did pretty well with him,” Spracklen said.

Brooklynn Dean of Jamestown Jr. Farmers 4-H was third with her 150-pounder that won Class 4.

Jenna Basinger of Farmers & Friends was second in Class 1. Ciara Horney from Greene Acres was first in Class 3 (under 140 pounds). After finishing third in Class 2, she couldn’t keep from cracking a smile when the judge pronounced her as the Class 3 winner.