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Ag Expo seen through a child's eyes

July 25, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Tyler Poffenberger, 6, of Clear Spring, already is first in his class - and best in his flock.

The first-grader, who is too young for 4-H, on Sunday won first place in a sheep show at the 25th annual Washington County Ag Expo. He smiled with tiny white teeth as he talked about his fair experience.

He likes the petting farm best of all, he said.

"I just want to touch the little ducklings and the piglets, but you can't because they'll die," Tyler said, repeating what his mother told him about baby animals.

Mother Sherry Poffenberger, 32, said she has enjoyed taking care of sheep since she was a 4-H member. Now, both Tyler and his little brother, Carson, 3, are learning to tend to the flock.

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"It's just a hobby, I guess. They're fun to play around with, I guess. The kids enjoy it," Poffenberger said as older children and adults exhibited their sheep.

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