By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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Sadie Crowe, Roslyn's mother, said her daughter heard about the lamb from her cousin, who had already seen it three times.
Crowe said she knew she wanted the newborn to be a part of daughter's first trip to the fair.
The pair crouched low at a pen at the south end of the goat and sheep barn Saturday, gazing at the chocolate-brown lamb born Monday, its mother standing vigil next to it.
“A lot of people have come in here and [have been] specifically looking for the little baby,” said Cyndie Stumbaugh, who has managed the sheep at the fair for 30 years and also happens to own the baby and its mother.
The 4½-day-old lamb is just one of the attractions at the Clallam County Fair, which began Thursday and runs through today at the fairgrounds at 1608 W. 16th St.
Offered today are a rodeo, a carnival, live music, magic shows, games, exhibits, art, flower shows and the crash and bang of a demolition derby.
In addition to the sheep and goat barn are buildings filled with horses, cattle, rabbits, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats.
Fair manager Shari Ioffrida said Saturday her impression is that fair attendance has been comparable to last year so far, if not a bit better.
Specifically, Ioffrida said carnival organizers told her pre-sale ride tickets were up compared with last year.
Today's schedule, tickets
The gates to the fairgrounds open at 8:30 a.m., buildings open at 10 a.m., and the carnival cranks up at noon.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for youths ages 13-17 and seniors 62 or older, and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children 5 or younger attend for free with adult admission.
The fair ends at 7 p.m., with the carnival, buildings and exhibits closing then.
Grandstand shows culminate in the Demolition Derby at 5 p.m.
Derby tickets are $11 each and will be sold beginning at 9 a.m. today at the fairgrounds' yellow gate. Fair admission must be paid in addition to derby entrance.
In addition to the popular Demolition Derby, cowboys and cowgirls will ride broncos and bulls and rope steers during the second part of the Pro West Rodeo today.
That will begin at noon. The first phase of the rodeo began Saturday at 5 p.m.
Demonstrations are planned at buildings throughout the fair.
The Home Arts Building is hosting a train exhibit by the North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders, cribbage games and crafts demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From noon to 6 p.m., the Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishers will offer fly-tying demonstrations.
At the Exposition Hall, 4-H still-life demonstrations are planned, and the Art Barn will be the site of art demonstrations.
In the Agriculture Barn, beekeepers will show how to extract honey from hives, and other demonstrations are planned by Master Gardeners and lavender farmers.
In the rabbit barn, the use of rabbits will be addressed at 11 a.m., rabbit care will be demonstrated at 1 p.m. and care of sick rabbits at 3 p.m.
At the opposite end of the sheep and goat barn from the lamb and its mother, Sandy Woodward sat using a drop spindle to carefully spin wool into yarn Saturday.
Woodward sat with Kym Aughtry, also of Sequim, and Port Angeles resident Laurie Brilhante. The three women meticulously spun yarn while chatting about their craft.
“It's got a history to it, and you have a connection to the past,” Aughtry said.
Woodward, who has been spinning and knitting for 20 years, said she enjoys taking fresh wool from an animal and turning it into clothing.
“From sheep to shawl,” said Woodward, who was sporting a light-gray shawl she spun and knit herself.
For more information on the fair, visit www.clallam.net/Fair.
Reporter Arwyn Rice contributed to this report.