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Local girl to show sheep at fair

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Sydne Harrell with her goats 32, 84 and Nelson, Thursday night in a pen at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. The fair, which includes livestock shows, live entertainment, rides, games and more began Monday and will run through Saturday. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Sydne Harral was among the young people tending to animals Thursday night at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.

Harral, 13, was in a pen Thursday night with three sheep she plans to show at this year’s fair: 32, 84 and Nelson.

For four years Harral, the daughter of a Roswell rancher, has shown sheep at fairs throughout New Mexico. This year, along with the Eastern New Mexico Fair, she showed her sheep at two other fairs: the Chaves County 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Fair and another in Albuquerque.

The Eastern New Mexico State Fair though is far bigger than the other two, she said.

Harral said she takes part in animal shows because she learns from them, and likes accomplishing things with them and winning prizes.

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“I just really enjoy it,” Harral said.

Working with sheep though does have its challenges, she said, such as getting them to follow commands.

“I still have problems with some of them,” Harral said with a smile.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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