At the age of 8, Lila Sherman became interested in showing animals.

At first, she did so as a member of the Jay 4-H Club showing swine for the first four years.

Now, as a sophomore at Jay High School, Sherman will be one of the many Delaware County students taking part in next week's Delaware County Free Fair.

She plans to enter two does and a wether goat in the show set for 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds located between Grove and Jay on Highway 10.

More about Sherman

Sherman is the daughter of Christy and John Sherman of Jay and is a member of the Jay FFA Chapter.

She began her FFA career as an eighth grader in Colcord, because her mother taught fifth and sixth grade English. As a first year FFA member, she earned Star Discovery Award. Last year, as a freshman at Jay High School, she was awarded the Star Greenhand Award along with Steen Lane.

As a member of the FFA, she's following in her father's footsteps. John Sherman was also a member of FFA while in High School. 

Sherman now shows goats, with at least two does and one weathered. Eventually she hopes to begin her own breeding program.

"That way I can become more independent," Sherman said. 

Sherman said FFA, as well as 4-H, has helped her develop confidence. It's also helped her gain needed public speaking skills.

She said it's also taught her to become a better showman, because it's taught her to look for different aspects within her own herd.

Sherman's Career Development Event project is goats, while her Supervised Agricultural Experience revolves around floriculture.  

In addition to FFA, Sherman is a member of the Jay High School cheerleaders and student government. She attends New Hope Baptist Church and also works with local veterinarian Kathy Dunaway-Knight.

Eventually, Sherman hopes to pursue an agricultural degree and either become a veterinarian or an ag teacher. She's also set her sights on earning all of the FFA degrees, along with as many "star" designations as possible.

"Ag is the best time of your life," Sherman said. "It's not just animals. It's judging, state convention, choir, academic proficiency [and more]."

Learning through 4-H, FFA 

Lila Sherman has won numerous awards for showing including senior goat showman from her Chapter, grand champion doe at the fall fair, and 10th place in her division at the Tulsa State Fair. In 2017, she competed in her first Oklahoma Youth Expo

4-H honors

Sherman's 4-H career included a time of horse judging, with the Choteau 4-H Horse Judging Team.

With this group, she competed in numerous competitions and camps throughout the state along with those in Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi and Texas.

Her awards include sixth place in the junior division individual halter at Pinto World in 2015, along with 10th place, junior division individual overall.

She also won fourth place individual in the junior division judging halter horses at the Tulsa State Fair.

FFA honors

As a freshman at Jay High School, Sherman judged horses for the Jay FFA Chapter. She placed 10th overall individual at the 2017 State Horse Judging Contest at OSU in Stillwater Oklahoma.

Her livestock judging career includes earning high individual in the junior division at the 2015 Delaware County Fair Livestock contest, and first place as a member of the senior division judging team, during the 2016 Delaware County Fair Livestock Contest.

As a member of the Colcord FFA Chapter she won the StarChapter Discovery Degree during her eighth grade year.

As a freshman, Sherman transferred to Jay High School and won the August FFA Member of the Month for the Chapter and was one of the first greenhands to recite the FFA creed. 

In May 2017, she was awarded the Star Greenhand award, Meat Goat Production Proficiency, award, recited the FFA creed, and elected as her chapter's Treasurer. She was also recognized for her accomplishments in horse judging, livestock judging, creed, and floriculture contests.

One thing with Sherman

One person who inspires you

My parents. They support me through all of this. I could not do anything without them. They put in more hours than I do.

One book that's stuck with you

I like so many books. I love the Warrior Cat series by Erin Hunter because it's fantasy. I also like A Separate Peace by John Knowles because it's true - it's about two friends and a rivalry. 

One thing that might surprise people?

I'm an only child. Because I always try to put other people before myself. I also help my dad with his lawn care business. 

One thing you can't live without?

My goats. Because they are a part of me now. 

One piece of advice that's stuck with you?

Hide and Watch. I used to make rash decisions. My dad taught me to be patient and wait, to measure twice and cut once - that down the road, there might be a better decision. 

2017 Delaware County Fall Free Fair

Schedule of events

All events take place at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located between Jay and Grove on Highway 10. 

Sunday, Aug. 27

Horse Show

1 p.m. - Registration

2 p.m. - Show starts

Monday, Aug. 28

Indoor Exhibits

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Check in

(non baked goods, flowers and live plants)

Rabbit Show

5 to 5:30 p.m. - Registration

6 p.m. - Show starts

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Indoor Exhibits

9 a.m. - Indoor exhibit judging begins

(non baked goods, flowers and live plants)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Check in

(baked goods, flowers and live plants)

1:30 p.m. - Indoor exhibit judging continues

(baked goods, flowers and live plants)

Poultry Show

3 to 4:30 p.m. - Registration

5 p.m. - Show starts

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Indoor Exhibits

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Open for viewing

Thursday, Aug. 31

Indoor Exhibits

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Open for viewing

Friday, Sept. 1

Tractor Driving Contest

9 a.m. - Begins

Indoor Exhibits

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Open for viewing

Saturday, Sept. 2

Delaware County Farm Show

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Open to the public

Livestock Judging

9 a.m. - Contest begins

Roadkill Chili Cook-off

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Tasting kits available

Bucket Calf Showmanship

11 a.m. - Contest begins in the arena

Farm Family Presentation

12:30 p.m. - Farm family of the Year

Livestock Show

8 to 9 a.m. - Livestock entry check-in

10 a.m. - Check in for commercial heifer pen

1 p.m. - Show includes beef, dairy, goats, sheep and swine.

Mutton Busting & Greased Pig

Contest begins after livestock show ends

Tractor Pull

5 p.m. - New contest starts this year

All Exhibits

5 p.m. - Released