By MICHAEL MELLO
Orange County Register
COSTA MESA — Agriculture students from Buena Park High School dominated the livestock showing competition at this year's OC Fair, making a near sweep of the fair's top livestock awards.
In all, BPHS students collected three grand championships — the top award for each animal — and two reserve champions, the runner-ups. And it could all be because of a pigeon.
"Never in my life have I had a show like this," said Jessica Weisbart, the school's agriculture instructor.
Angie Velasquez, a junior at the school, isn't surprised.
During the competition last week, Weisbart looked up to see a pigeon sitting in the rafters of the fairground's show arena.
"I hope it doesn't poop on me," she told her students, just before some droppings hit her ankle.
That's when Velasquez informed her instructor that it was good luck to be the bearer of bird poop.
Soon, the championship ribbons began to pour in.
"We tried our best this year," said Velasquez, who won the supreme champion ribbon for her lamb. "I wouldn't have expected it at the beginning of the year. I just thought it would be another experience."
It must have been the bird.
Among the winners:
Nancy Jauregui's calf won grand champion and Laura Villegas's animal won reserve champion.
George Baca won the grand champion for his turkey.
Kyle Pollock had the grand champion pig, and Emily Lewis won reserve champion for hers.
"The only place we didn't sweep the show was in goats," Weisbart said. "It's been a pretty amazing fair."
Photo by: MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Labels: Agromin, Buena Park High School, Orange County, Orange County Fair