OKANOGAN VALLEY GAZETTE-TRIBUNE | AUGUST 29, 2013
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TONASKET - The Deebach kids have been Okanogan County Fair participants since before they were three years old. So they have a pretty good idea what they’re getting into. Jacie (age 8), Maia (7) and Tommy (4) are steeped in the traditions of the fair, as well as many of the ins and outs of raising animals as their dad, Matt, is the guiding light behind Tonasket High School’s highlyregarded FFA program. Jacie is coming off a solid showing last year, highlighted by winning pre-junior Grand Champion for Fitting and Showing (sheep) as well as Reserve Grand Champion for her educational display. This year she’s showing a sheep she named Bob Frapples. “My uncle names most things Bob Frapples,” Jacie says. “I was being silly about it.” Jacie said this is her second year showing sheep, and that she loves learning about the animals. “I switched (from bottle calves to sheep) because I wanted to learn about them,” she says. “Someday I want to do pigs, and then maybe steers.” Maia, a year younger, will be showing her lamb Prince Charming. Like her older sister, last year she won Reserve Grand Champion for her educational display and in Lads and Lassie Pre-junior Grand Herdsmanship (4-H), plus a number of ribbons. In the Lad and Lassie, Maia had to dress up in wool something her lamb could have produced - and show the lamb while in that attire. Last year she wore a wool vest. “I really like showing my lamb,” Maia says. Maia’s secret ambition is to take an ostrich to the county fair. “Dad says if I can catch one,” Maia says, “then I can take it.” The kids’ mom, Tara, says that wasn’t the only promise Matt had made. “He said the same thing about wild chickens and rabbits,” she laughs. Tommy said he has enjoyed getting his calf ready to show at the fair. “I like how he’s really nice,” he says. “I call him ‘Cowboy’ because he’s a boy and he’s a cow. Someday, he says, “I’d like to try a pig or a steer.” Tara added that Cowboy was an orphan. “We got it from Double R Ranch,” she says. “Tommy
had to be its dad and fed him a bottle two times a day.” Tommy had originally said he wanted to ride his calf through the fairgrounds. Asked if he still wanted to do that, he said, “I don’t think so. He got too big.”
TOP: Jacie (left) and Maia Deebach, along with their sheep Bob Frapples and Prince Charming, are ready for next week’s Okanogan County Fair. BELOW: Tommy Deebach says he’s looking forward to showing his bottle calf Cowboy at the fair this year. Photos by Brent Baker
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