By Will Johnson
HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show kicked off this past week and while the results from Friday’s Sale of Champions were unavailable as of press time, the Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and Showmanship awards for the various classes have been presented to the exhibitors.
Wednesday saw the Crockett FFA team capture the Grand Champion’s Award in the Ag Mech. Competition for their 20’ Gooseneck Lowboy trailer. The Reserve Champion was the Grapeland FFA for their 20 ft. Gooseneck Lowboy trailer.
The In-County Heifer category saw Sydnee Craven from the Latexo 4-H club win the Exotic Grand Champion, while Camryn Craven also with the Latexo 4-H won Exotic Reserve Champion.
The American Grand Champion award was presented to Colton Rains with Kennard FFA while Sadie LeBlanc with Kennard 4-H took home American Reserve Champion honors.
In the Steer Category, Jack Woodford, with the Latexo FFA, took home the Grand Champion’s award. Sydnee Craven from the Latexo 4-H club, received both the Reserve Champion award and the Senior Showmanship award. Colton Rains from the Kennard FFA received the Junior Showmanship award.
In the Replacement Heifer category, Kylie Pugh with the Lovelady 4-H scored big and walked away with the Grand Champion’s banner. Olivia Wilson, with the Lovelady FFA, was named as Reserve Champion. Callie Richburg was awarded first place for her record book while Cameron Bridges was awarded second place for his record book.
Jack Woodford and Eric Cutshaw tied for first place in the Senior Interview and Baylee Osbourne was presented with the Jr. Interview award.
In the Fryer Rabbits Division, Lovelady 4-H’s Colton Patrick received the top award as Grand Champion. Trey White, with the Homestead 4-H, was named as Reserve Champion. The Senior Showmanship award was presented to Kailen Martin from the Kennard 4-H, while Crystal Johnson with the Lovelady 4-H Club won the Junior Showmanship award.
In the Breeding Rabbits category, Trey White, with the Homestead 4-H Club, received Grand Champion awards in the doe class. Crystal Johnson, with Lovelady 4-H, received Grand Champion honors in h the buck class.
The Grand Champion in the Broiler category went to Lane Wilson, from the Lovelady 4-H. The Reserve Champion was Miranda Moore, with the Lovelady FFA.
In the Market Lamb category, Kenzie Brown with the Latexo FFA was named as Grand Champion and also won the Senior Showmanship award. Joshua Yorgensen, from the Homestead 4-H was named as the Reserve Champion. The Junior Showmanship award went to Riley Beaver, also with the Homestead 4-H club.
Caroline Hackler from the Latexo FFA was named as Grand Champion in the Market Goat category. The Reserve Champion was Jamie Welch from the Lovelady FFA. The Senior Showmanship award went to Hunter Parrish with the Kennard FFA and the Junior Showmanship went to Trinity Meadows with the Homestead 4-H club
In the Market Hog Category, Curt Tucker with the Homestead 4-H received the award as Grand Champion. The award for Reserve Champion went to Dylan Cole from the Kennard FFA chapter. The Sr. Showmanship award went to Noah Hoch with the Latexo FFA while Brayden Stafford with the Latexo 4-H took home Jr. Showmanship honors.
In the Breeding Swine Category, Kenzie Brown with Latexo FFA received the Grand Champion’s award while the Reserve Champion honor went to Dylan Cole with the Kennard FFA.
In the Home and Garden show, Trevor Hughes won the Best of Show award in the Sr. Canning competition.
Julie Clinkscales won Best of Show in the Sr. Photography category.
Haley Pitts won Best of Show in the Sr. Horticulture category.
Alexis Sutton with the Lovelady FFA won Best of Show in the Sr. Foods category.
Bethany Crowe won Best of Show in the Sr. Art category.
Lauren Cimrhanzl with the Lovelady FFA won Best of Show in the Sr. Crafts category.
Emma Gibson with Homestead 4-H won Best of Show in the Jr. Canning category.
Trinity Meadows with Homestead 4-H won Best of Show in the Jr. Woodworking category.
Haley Phillips won Best of Show in the Jr. Photography category.
Isabelle Yorgensen with the Homestead 4-H won Best of Show in Jr. Horticulture category.
Joseph Tuggle won Best of Show in the Jr. Foods category.
Elena Hewett won Best of Show in the Jr. Art category.
Meredith Tuggle won Best of Show in the Jr. Crafts category.
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