By Will Johnson
HOUSTON COUNTY – It was a pleasant spring evening on Tuesday, April 2 as the Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show kicked off the 2019 version of the event. The Porth Ag Arena was filled with contestants, family and friends as the littlest of exhibitors got a chance to hone their showmanship skills in the Pet Show.
Before the first pets entered the ring, Houston County Fair Association member April Ice thanked KIVY Radio and South Pines Animal Hospital for sponsoring the event. Ice also introduced the 2019 Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show Princess and Queen.
This year’s 2019 Fair Princess is Addison Carney, representing the Lovelady 4-H. The 2019 Fair Queen is Kylie Pugh, also representing the Lovelady 4-H.
Following the introductions, the show got underway as five different animal classes were presented to the audience and Judge James Alford from Prairie View A&M.
In the K-9 Pure Breed under 25 lbs. category, Ryliee Reed took home top honors with her mini-Australian Shepherd named Rusti.
In the K-9 Pure Breed over 25 lbs. category, Reagan Thomas took home top honors with her dog Duke.
In the K-9 Mixed Breed under 25 lbs. category, Bria Sherley took home top honors with her dog Mia.
In the K-9 Mixed Breed over 25 lbs. category, Luke Hubbard took home top honors with his dog Ruby.
In the miscellaneous category, Paisley Glawson and her duck, Pixie, took home top honors.
The Best Mannered Award went to Nathan Brent and his turtle, Flash.
The Best Groomed Award went to Natalie Hopkins and her dog, Whiskers.
The Best Team Award went to Cade Hackler with his dog, Dolly.
The Showmanship Award went to Lacey Currie and her dog, Shadow.
And last – but certainly not least – Logan Hersink and his dog Willie walked out of the Porth Ag Arena with the Best of Show Award.
Congratulations to all of the contestants and best of luck in the years to come.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.