BELMONT, N.Y. — Monday, July 18th 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, Kadin Pierce from Cuba, NY with a first-place finish received a blue ribbon along with a bucket sponsored by the Miller Family. Ethan Cole Cuba, NY, Taylor Brokow Friendship, NY, Natalie Burrows Cuba, NY and Gianna Loiacono Friendship, NY also awarded a blue ribbon.
For the juniors, largest showmanship division with 9 participants all receiving blue ribbons, Sarah Wilson from Dansville, NY topped the class followed by Collin Wilson Dansville, NY, Drew Wilson Dansville, NY, Luke Wilson Dansville, NY, Mason Findlay Fillmore, NY, Brendon Wilson Dansville, NY, Morgan Holcomb Friendship, NY, Shane Ploetz Cuba, NY and Bentley Foster Friendship, NY. Sarah received a bucket sponsored by Elizabeth Schiralli, CPA.
In the novice class, first blue awarded to Anna Wilson of Dansville, NY followed by Garrett Ploetz Cuba, NY, Connor Armison Farmersville Station, NY and Grant Bel Bolivar, NY. Anna received a showman harness sponsored by Elizabeth Schiralli, CPA.
The top 2 from each division competed for Grand Champion Showman. This year’s winner Sarah Wilson received chair award sponsored by Mark & Lorraine Stone. Reserve Grand Champion Showman, Collin Wilson received award sponsored by Alfred State College.
Three future 4-Hers participated in the Cloverbub showmanship open to youth between 5-7 years old. The judge complemented Tinsley Foster, Beverly Ploetz and Faith Wilson for an excellent job controlling their animals.
Four classes in the market swine division starting with heavy weight. The class all receiving blues: Sarah Wilson, Collin Wilson, Shane Ploetz, Garrett Ploetz, Shane Ploetz second entry, Conner Armison and Taylor Brokow.
Starting the intermediate weight swine, first place exhibited by Mason Findlay, followed by Ethan Cole with second and third place hogs, Mason Findlay additional entry, Grant Bell, Gianna Loiacono and Taylor Brokow. All blue ribbon hogs.
Brendon Wilson placed first blue in the medium weight class followed Kadin Pierce, Morgan Holcomb with 3rd & 4th, Bentley Foster, Gianna Loiacono and Bentley Foster with second entry in class. Another group of blue-ribbon winners.
Blue ribbon light weight hogs exhibited by Luke Wilson, Drew Wilson, Anna Wilson, Kadin Pierce, Natalie Burrows, Grant Bell and Conner Armison.
Grand Champion Market Swine receiving a banner In Memory of Sarah Beiler along with a wall plague from the NYS Pork Producers Association was exhibited by Sarah Wilson. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Swine sponsored by Alfred State College was awarded to Collin Wilson. All of these animals will be sold at the Annual Youth Market Animals Sale beginning at 6 PM on Wednesday, July 21st.
In the breeding division Grand Champion Gilt, was exhibited by Shane Ploetz. He received an award sponsored by the Grant C. Seaman, DVM. Reserve Grand Champion Gilt was exhibited by Morgan Holcomb.
This year’s judge for the swine show was Brenden Kroll from Hamburg, NY. Owner of BGDK show pigs and herdsman at S&K Show pigs in Arlington, Ohio. He has been judging for 7 years, in 5 states. The youth were complimented on the high-quality projects shown and work each youth had clearly put in training their hogs for show.
Three blue ribbon entries in the youth Market Goat Division. Grand Champion, receiving a banner sponsored by Nicholson Pharmacy, was exhibited by Sarah Wilson. Reserve Grand Champion, receiving a banner sponsored by General Roofing & Heating Company, shown by Isabella Morehouse from Cuba, NY. Also receiving a blue ribbon, Madison Morehouse. Our youth market goats were judged by Meghan Snyder from Sunny Cove Farm in Alfred, NY. These animals will also be sold at the Annual Youth Market Animals Sale beginning at 6 PM on Wednesday, July 21st, open to the public.
Youth shows at the fair are one of many programs offered by the 4-H Program through 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.
–Lynn Bliven, Agriculture & Natural Resources Issue Leader
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County