4-H club gives special needs youths chance to show lambs

Nebraska City News-Press

The Unified Showing 4-H club gives youth with special needs the opportunity to show lambs. Now in its second year in Lancaster County, the club empowers youth with special needs by pairing them with buddies who ensure the safety of the youth showman and lamb. A second Unified Showing club is starting this year in Otoe County.

There is a selection process for both showmen (ages 8–18) and buddies (ages 14–18). Applications are due by Saturday, February 14.

Both clubs aim to meet once a month; parents and siblings are welcome to attend. During the summer, practices will be once a week at the project leader Allison Walbrecht’s farm in southwest Lincoln.

Youth will practice with their designated lamb, which is owned by Allison’s family. These practices will be approximately an hour and include the showmen having the opportunity to lead their animals, bathe, feed, and learn about them. Buddies will be at the practices and accompany the showmen. Family members have the option of staying on-site with their child.

At the end of the summer, the showmen will be able to see their hard work pay off at the 4-H Sheep Show during the local county fairs. The clubs will have their own class, and the judge will ask youth questions about their lamb and themselves. The buddy will accompany the 4-H member in the ring.

For more information about the club or to request an application form, contact Allison via the Unified Showing Facebook group or email amnwalbrecht@gmail.com.