Facebook Twitter

SHEEP SALE A BLUE-RIBBON TRIBUTE TO BOY

SHARE SHEEP SALE A BLUE-RIBBON TRIBUTE TO BOY

The day before 16-year-old Jerry Kelly was fatally injured in a car accident, he picked out a little Suffolk lamb to raise for the Benton-Franklin County Fair.

He named her Jenni Lynn.But Kelly, who died May 4, never got to pursue the 4-H project. So his relatives and friends took over.

On Friday, Jenni Lynn was auctioned off at the fair's market stock sale for $585. In addition, another $20,795 was raised through a fund-raiser in which market buyers and others pledged to match money earned from the lamb's sale.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser and sale will be used to make improvements at the fairgrounds, possibly build a new barn, in Kelly's name.

"These kids have been here every step of the way," said Karen Kelly, Jerry's mother. "We have a great community."

The lamb was raised by one of Jerry's cousins, Mike Kelly. Colby Cole of Kennewick gave it to Mike.

This week, Jenni Lynn won a blue ribbon and a red one at the fair. The awards belong to the whole 4-H Club because all of its members worked to help prepare the lamb for the show ring, said Mike Kelly's mother, Brenda.

"Every one of those kids have worked so hard," she said.

"Mike would have never gotten the lamb together without the help of the club. It was a group effort, and they are a really great bunch of kids."