We caught up with Mr. Callen Minard, exhibitor of the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2022 Tulsa State Fair. Learn a little more about Callen below!
School Attending & Grade: Piedmont Highschool, Junior
What was special or interesting about your lamb?
My sheep was named Rascal. He was the most chill and calm sheep you could have asked for. He always followed me around and loved to play with other lambs. Despite being so sweet, his stomach was bigger than his heart. He ate EVERYTHING!
What was your favorite sheep in your barn this year?
We’ve had quite a few sheep this year, and I have had two favorites. Rascal and another younger one, Wallen. They are both my favorites and love to appear on my social media.
How would you describe the moment you were selected as champion?
It was unreal, a dream. I’ve never won a major show, just County and some jackpots. When I was chosen I was in another world. It’s so hard to describe. The best word to describe it is “epic.”
Favorite thing to hear on showday?
My favorite thing to hear on show day is “just have fun”. I tend to worry too much about things and overthink, so when I get told this it sets my mind straight.
Favorite person you spent time with at the show…
I have my three favorite people I had at Tulsa. Kennidee Keene, Myka Elliott, and Joel LeLaCheur. They are all some of my bestest friends. Myka is my bestest pal and one of my biggest supporters who always gives me a laugh. Kennidee has such a unique sense of humor and always acts tough, but she’s one of the sweetest people I know. And Joel, I think of him as a little brother. He makes sure life is fun and you always think of the positives. These were my favorites at Tulsa.
Do you have any superstitions?
We always pray together before every show. At County me and Kennidee were feeding Rascal kettle corn before he went out and won. State Fair we didn’t and he got 6th in his class. Come Tulsa, we’re feeding him pretzels and he wins again. Feeding our sheep snacks has definitely became a new tradition.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is something to do with livestock/animals. Being a vet, animal behaviorist, animal dermatologist, or anything else life brings me would be great. Something challenging and fun, but also some good money for me. Who doesn’t like a thick wallet?