Transcobed from typed letter with picture: The North Carolina 4-H Sheep Shearing Team made up of Johnnie Vines and Dennis Trivett of Watauga County, along with W. C. Richardson, Assistant Agent as Coach, will leave Thanksgiving day for the National Shearing Contest in Chicago. Enroute the boys will spend two days in the vicinity of Hamilton, Ohio to get in some practice shearing on some of the lamb feeding farms in that area. They will arrive in Chicago Sunday, December 1, where the 4-H Club Congress and International Livestock Show will both be in full swing. Preliminary contests will be held Tuesday and Wednesday nights, December 3 and 4, to narrow the field of 35 - 50 boys down to 8 finalist[s]. The final contest will be held Friday morning, December 6, at 10:00 A. M. in the middle of the big International Amphitheater. This is one of the few events of the show carried on live T. V. At stake will be prizes ranging from a $50 Savings Bond to a one year scholarship at an agricultural college. Vines and Trivett earned the chance to represent North Carolina in the National Contest by winning the State Contest over nine other district winners. By winning the State Contest the earned an expense-free trip to Chicago. In the picture Mr. George Prowder of J. P. Stevens Industries at Rockingham, North Carolina, is presenting W. C. Richardson, Coach with a check for $300 to cover expenses to Chicago. In the foreground Johnnie Vines is on the left and Trivett on the right, holding the lambs they have just completed cheering in the Contest.
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