By Melanie Yingst
COLUMBUS — The road to and from Columbus is becoming a well worn path for the Gump family of Fletcher.
Colin Gump, 18, of Fletcher, earned Reserve Grand Champion at the 2014 Ohio State Fair market lamb exhibition on July 23.
Gump earned the Grand Champion market lamb at the 2013 Ohio State Fair.
Nearly 700 market lambs were part of the Ohio State Fair market lamb exhibition. The market lamb show was judged by Kalen Poe of Indiana.
Gump’s sister Carly also was part of the winning drive with her Reserve Grand Champion Dorset lamb.
Gump will once again be part of the 2014 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions on Aug. 3.
At the 2013 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions, Gump’s Grand Champion market lamb raised $42,000 and was purchased by Meijer. Of the money raised at the sale, Gump received the $9,000 cap and the rest of the money went in to the Ohio State Fair’s Youth Reserve Program.
According to the Ohio State Fair’s website, the Youth Reserve Program was developed to reward junior exhibitors who participate in the Ohio State Fair. Funds for the program come from the dollars received over a cap that is placed on the amount an exhibitor can receive from the Sale of Champions.
The funds from the program are distributed among carcass contests, scholarships, the outstanding market exhibitor program, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship, skillathons, 4-H and FFA. The Youth Reserve Program has awarded $2,291,925 to approximately 31,500 youth exhibitors since its inception in 1995.
Colin is the son of Kevin and Janet Gump of Fletcher.
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