Larry Lang, 54, hangs up the ribbons won by his daughter Sara Lang (center), 16, as her mother Carrie Lang, 55, holds more ribbons to put up above Sara's prize cows during the Big Butler Fair at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Prospect on Sunday, June 30, 2013.
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A girl walks a horse by the decorated Renfew Riders 4-H Club stables during the Big Butler Fair at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Prospect on Sunday, June 30, 2013.
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Sarah Laughlin (far left), 18, of Mount Chestnut, shears 'Miss Kay, the Suffulk Cross lamb of Charlene Rosenberger (sitting), 13, of Server, as Crystal Roseberger (far right), 32, of Server and Michelle DiPippa, 20, of Renfrew, watch in the barn at the Butler County Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Charlene Rosenberger was showing the sheep later in the day at the Big Butler Fair in Prospect.
Sarah Laughlin said she never misses the opportunity to educate someone about farm animals at the annual Big Butler Fair.
“Children will come to the fair, and they'll say, ‘I like your goat,' but then I'll say, ‘No, actually, it's a sheep.' You're teaching children the difference between the animals, and I love that part. They get to pet pigs and lambs, and they never have before.”
The Butler County Fair named Laughlin, 18, of Connoquenessing Township as its outstanding youth.
Laughlin, 18, who graduated in June from Butler High School, said she got the top honor not only because of her own presentation at the fair, but also because she helped others, including one friend to shear lambs.
“I was in the barns and helping people,” Laughlin said.
She also won the reserve grand champion market hog title and got first place in showmanship for ages 16-21 in the swine division.
Her family, including parents Ken and Joyce Laughlin, owns a 10-acre farm housing pigs, sheep and sometimes cattle. Her uncle, Harold Dunn, of Butler Township, founded a 4-H club, the Butler Junior Agriculturalists.
“It's a family-oriented thing,” Laughlin said. “My cousins are in it, and I can spend a lot of time with them. I have a very big, close family. I love agriculture.”
Laughlin begins classes at Westminster College in the fall, working toward an accounting degree.
Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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