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Colton Kephart

We caught up with Mr, Colton Kephart exhibitor of the Grand Market Lamb at the 2023 Indiana State Fair. Learn a little more about Colton below!

Age: 16


How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I rely on my parents and siblings to help keep me focused on my goals and push me to be my best.

Do you show any other species besides sheep? If so, what other species?
I show pigs and goats as well as sheep.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
The National Western Stock Show has been my favorite show I’ve traveled to because it was a unique experience and one of the most prestigious shows of the year.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
To celebrate a win we usually come home and hang our new banner on the wall and then go out to eat with friends and family.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me to work hard and stay focused and dedicated on my goals. Although it can be a lot of early mornings and late nights it is very rewarding and well worth some of the sacrifices you have to make.

What’s your biggest dream?
My biggest dream showing livestock is to win what I consider to be the triple crown of livestock shows; The American Royal, NAILE, and the National Western.

What’s your lambs name? and what made him/her so special?
My sheep’s name was Hangman. When we first got him we never intended on showing him. He was originally a buddy sheep to a white face cross my sister was going to show. When we sheered him off for the first time we instantly knew he was special  but had no idea he would go on to win the Indiana State Fair.

Who do you look up to?
I look up to my parents and try to live up to their example of hard work, and dedication