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Billy McCoy

We caught up with Mr. Billy McCoy, exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2022 West Virginia State Fair. Learn a little more about Billy below!

School Attending & Grade: Sophomore at Iowa State University

What was special or interesting about your lamb?
My lamb would grab anything he could get in his mouth and make as much noise as he could whenever it was feeding time.

What was your favorite sheep in your barn this year?
We have a smaller lamb for the fall majors that was my favorite. He has a cool personality and has always been one of the better lambs in our barn.

How would you describe the moment you were selected as champion?
I was really excited because my brother was just selected for grand and it as his first time winning our state fair.


Favorite thing to hear on showday?
I always like hearing my mom’s peptalks before I go in because she seems to settle my nerves.

Favorite person you spent time with at the show…
Probably my parents because I left for college the day after the state fair.

Do you have any superstitions?
I show in the same shirt at every show.

What is your dream job?


We caught up with Mr. Billy McCoy, exhibitor of the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2020 West Viriginia Youth Livestock Show. Learn a little more about Billy below!

Age: 17

Hometown: Franklin, WV (Senior at Pendleton County High School)

With the uncertainty of the show season, how did you stay focused?
Although the pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and disappointment, I knew it could end at any time. I also knew that as soon as regulations eased up the shows would start back up and I wanted to be ready when that happened. Therefore, this year was just like any other.

What was something new you tried this year since you were able to be home more often than normal?
I was able to focus more on showmanship and hair care because I had more free time.

What is your favorite show product to use?

Sullivan’s SureCoat and Kleen Sheen

When I grow up I want to be….
I plan to attend Iowa State University and continue being involved in the livestock industry.

Showing animals has helped me to develop……

Showing animals has helped me to develop patience and learn to be calm in tense situations.

What’s your favorite Barn Chore:
My favorite barn chore is working leg hair/wool.

Who is the person you look to for advice right before you go in the ring for that last minute pep talk or pointer:

My mom, Terri, always knows whats going on in the ring.

Favorite Celebration Restaurant after a good day at the show:
Depending on what’s in the area, Sonic and Arby’s are top choices.

Favorite Song or Singer:
Toby Keith