Youth exhibitors showed off their swine projects at the Allegany County Fair. The contest is an opportunity to be rewarded for the months of hard work caring for and training their animals.
In the Senior Showmanship division, Harley Miller with a first-place finish received a blue ribbon along with a bucket sponsored by Mark & Lorraine Stone. Taylor Brokaw and Blake Hewitt also awarded a blues, red ribbon awarded to Caitlin Stewart and Cameron Merkwa.
For the Junior Showmanship Sarah Wilson topped the class followed by Morgan Holcomb, Collin Wilson and Shane Ploetz with blue ribbons; Jeffery Wilson, Kadin Pierce and Mason Findlay received red ribbons. Sarah received a bucket sponsored by the Miller Family.
The largest showmanship division with 8 participants all receiving blue ribbons was the novice class. First blue awarded to Brendon Wilson followed by Luke Wilson, Emma Bolzan, Drew Wilson, Lincoln Reynolds, Tyler Findlay, Lindsey Reynolds and Bentley Foster. Brendon received a showman harness sponsored by Bugman & Sons Dalton, NY.
The top 2 from each division competed for Grand Champion Showman. This year’s winner Sarah Wilson received award sponsored by Kirby & Stephanie Pierce. Reserve Grand Champion Showman, Morgan Holcomb received award sponsored by Grant C. Seaman, DVM.
Four classes in the market swine division starting with heavy weight. The class all receiving blues: Morgan Holcomb, Kadin Pierce, Luke Wilson, Kadin Pierce, Drew Wilson, Bentley Foster with 2 in the class and Lindsey Reynolds.
Stating the intermediate weight swine, first place exhibited by Collin Wilson, followed by Jeffery Wilson, Brendon Wilson, Shane Ploetz, Morgan Holcomb, Caitlin Stewart, Blake Hewitt and Taylor Brokaw. All blue ribbon hogs.
Collin Wilson placed first blue in the medium weight class followed by Shane Ploetz, Sarah Wilson, Tyler Findlay, Taylor Brokaw, Harley Miller, Caitlin Stewart and Harley Miller. Another group of blue-ribbon winners.
Blue ribbon light weight hogs exhibited by Mason Findlay, Cameron Merkwa, Sarah Wilson, Mason Findlay, Blake Hewitt and Lincoln Reynolds.
Grand Champion Market Swine sponsored by Kirby & Stephanie Pierce was exhibited by Collin Wilson. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Swine sponsored by the Ryan Agencies was awarded to Collin Wilson. All of these animals will be sold at the Annual Youth Market Animals Sale at 6PM on Wednesday, July 21st.
Feeder hogs receiving a blue ribbon exhibited by Emma Bolzan and Camron Merkwa.
In the breeding division Grand Champion Gilt, sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Troopers Association, exhibited by Kadin Peirce. Reserve Grand Champion Gilt, sponsored by Nicholson Pharmacy, exhibited by Morgan Holcomb.
This year’s judge for the show was Eric Bond from Gowanda, NY, a graduate of Ohio State University majoring in animal science. While there he was involved with the livestock judging team. Prior to school, Eric showed beef and hogs at local and national levels. He provided individual tips and encouragements for each youth as he places classes. The youth were complimenting the high-quality projects shown and work they youth had clearly put in training their hogs for show.
Youth shows at the fair are one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County (CCE-Allegany). The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. For more information, call 525-268-7644 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/allegany. Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.