By Joe Naiman

Smokey the llama wins performance, driving grand champion awards at San Diego County Fair


Last updated 7/4/2019 at 9:34pm

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Barbie Carlson poses for a photo with her award winning llama, Smokey.

Smokey, a Hemet llama owned by Barbie Carlson, was the grand champion in two activities at the San Diego County Fair's livestock breed show.

Both the performance grand champion and the driving champion awards were earned by Smokey.

"He's a good little guy," Carlson said.

Smokey is now 16 1/2. Carlson has had him since 2006.

"My kids showed her for a long time, and then my kids all grew up and moved on and Smokey stayed with me," she said.

Carlson was raised on a dairy farm in San Jacinto and graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1984. She moved to Hemet in 1987, and her property no...

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