Over 70 kids from grades 4-12 came from all over Northern California to participate in the 2nd Annual Nor-Cal Lamb Camp and Jackpot that took place from April 12 through 14 at the Butte County Fairgrounds. Linda and Gary Olson brought the camp, put on by Dave and Wendi Boatman of Boatman Club Lambs, to Butte County Fairgrounds by gathering many local sponsors.
The youth were instructed and judged in the jackpot by Tracy Dendinger. Dendinger is a breeder, a national judge and showman, and clinician and is highly respected in the sheep world today.
On the opening day, participants were instructed on how to successfully select a lamb, how to feed and manage their lambs to full potential, and professional fitting techniques. The day concluded with an ewe lamb sale.
The next day, Saturday, began with the participants given hands-on instruction on showmanship techniques. The campers then spent some class time on how to mentally prepare for competitions.
The final day of the participants got the chance to apply what they learned in the first two days in the Jackpot. The Jackpot began with the market classes and concluded with showmanship.
Jake Richardson, 15, was named Grand Champion and received a $300 cash prize sponsored by the Byrne Family. It was his second year at the camp. Kylea Foster of Penn Valley, 19, was named Reserve Grand Champion
Winners were awarded with belt buckles sponsored by Kaelin Club Lambs, jackets, fitting stands, and an ewe lamb.
The camps put on by the Boatmans, have been very successful in the past, with about 90 percent of the kids that attended one of their camps making it to the final drive at their local county or state fair.