True Buddy Sheep Show returns to fair

True Buddy Noelle Hobza holds the leash of her sheep at True Buddy Farms' Luv-A-Lamb program. The program will return this year to the Sarpy County Fair for its fifth annual sheep show on Aug. 3.


The fifth annual True Buddy Sheep Show will grace the livestock arena with costumed sheep again this year for the Sarpy County Fair, held this week in Springfield.

True Buddy Farms, which hosts the Luv-A-Lamb program, pairs special needs or medically challenged children and adults, called “True Buddies,” with youth volunteers and sheep, helps provide physical and emotional therapy.

True Buddies get to play games, dress up and walk with sheep at the nonprofit farm located at 13714 S. 84th St.

During the Sarpy County Fair, True Buddy takes their friends, volunteers and sheep to the fairgrounds and put on a sheep fashion show. They get to dress up their sheep, and themselves, and strut their stuff in the livestock arena on Aug. 3 at 5 p.m.

Donna Monteleagre, business coordinator with True Buddy Farms, said the show is preceded at 4 p.m. by a cookie social hour where True Buddies, their families and friends get to hang out in the arena, enjoy snacks and beverages.

She said the True Buddies get to live out what 4-H kids get to do when they parade in the arena with horses.

“It gives the families and buddies a chance to be in the arena and have fun,” Monteleagre said. “It's a great time, it gives them a bit of pride because they can say that it's their sheep on show.”

Luv-A-Lamb has increased in popularity over the past year, partially due to their display during the fair, she said.

The program has doubled its membership to 24 True Buddies since the last fair.

“We're getting more recognition for being at the Sarpy County Fair,” Monteleagre said. “We're very happy.”

For more information on the fair, visit sarpyfair.com.

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