Eddie and Katie Lord have grown accustomed to watching their daughters — Geneva, 17 (who goes by Nevie), Sophie, 15, and Chloe, 12 — compete at the Brown County Youth Fair.
This year’s youth fair, which ran from Jan. 5-11, offered an extra treat. Showing their hair sheep in the market lamb division, the sisters finished in the top three in their class — Nevie was first, followed by Chloe and Sophie.
Nevie went on to win grand champion hair sheep, and Chloe won reserve champion.
“I think that was the first time all three of them had been in the ring at the same time in the same class, and they all were one, two and three,” Katie Lord said. “We’ve never had that happen.”
Nevie is a May High School senior and began this year’s fair as the outgoing youth fair queen after winning the title in 2019.
Sophie is a sophomore and Chloe is in the sixth grade.
“It’s been awesome,” Nevie said of her year as youth fair queen. “It’s indescribable. The people in the community have been so supportive. I’m sad to see it go but I’m really proud of the girls and I think all four of those girls running are going to be just great for the community. I hope they enjoy it as much as I did.”
Nevie was referring to the four youth fair queen candidates for 2020 — Emma Connelly, who was crowned this year’s queen at the Awards and Premium Sale on Jan. 11, Rylah Morgan, Kimberly Diaz and Mckenzie Traweek.
Nevie said she hopes to attend Texas Tech University and become an ag teacher.
When the sisters were asked if they feel competitive toward each other or supportive when they’re in the same event, all three agreed: it’s both. But they are proud of each other.
“I was happy Nevie got grand because it’s her last year, and that’s what we were really hoping for,” Chloe said.
The girls’ mom agreed. “Her being a senior, I’m glad that she got it,” Katie Lord said.
Sophie isn’t sure if she’ll follow her older sister’s example in running for youth fair queen.
“I’m very proud of them,” Eddie Lord said of his daughters. “They did a great job.”