By Will Johnson
ANDERSON COUNTY – The 2019 Anderson County Youth Livestock Show kicked off on Sunday with the set-up for the event and on Monday, the judging began in four different categories. Nearly 450 entries were expected this year from the various 4-H clubs and FFA programs from the seven school districts in Anderson County.
On Monday, April 15, the action kicked off bright and early with the broiler check-in between 7 and 9 am. The broiler judging began at 10:30 am and the results showed Ky Thomas with the Elkhart FFA taking home top honors as his bird brought home the Grand Champion award. Bryleigh Barton with the Ioni Creek 4-H club took home Reserve Champion honors.
Commercial heifer interviews began at 1 pm on Monday with the judging shortly afterwards. In the Junior Division, the results showed Cooper Fitzgerald from the Old Cayuga 4-H club winning Grand Champion honors while Hallie Armour, with the Westwood FFA, won the Reserve Champion award.
In the Senior Division, Autumn Baublet, from the Old Cayuga 4-H club won the Grand Champion’s title. Emma Bennett, with the Palestine FFA, claimed the Reserve Champion’s prize.
Once the heifers had cleared the arena, the market rabbits were on display. Taylor Stout, with the Frankston 4-H, was named as the Grand Champion while Bradley McMeans, from the Old Cayuga 4-H, was awarded with Reserve Champion honors.
The final competition of the evening was the Breeding Swine category. Hallie Armour (Westwood FFA) picked up the Grand Champion award in this category to go along with the Reserve Champion award she won in Jr. Commercial Heifer category. Kaitlyn Armour, also from the Westwood FFA, was awarded Reserve Champion honors.
On Tuesday, April 16, the day’s action began with the check in of breeding rabbits between 7 and 8 am. The judging started at 9 am, as the grand Champion’s award was presented to Bryleigh Barton of Ioni Creek 4-H. The Reserve Champion’s award went Brianna Looney of the Frankston FFA.
Also during this time, the project show judging commenced. In the non-sale category, the Cayuga FFA Team #1 won Grand Champion Honors and also the award for Best-of-Show for their 24-foot Gooseneck Stock Trailer.
The Palestine FFA Team #1 took home the Reserve Champion’s award for their mini-camper.
In the Sale Projects category, Preston Eldredge took home the Grand Champion’s Award for rocking chairs. Julianne Elderedge was awarded as the Reserve Champion for her porch swing.
Following the check-in for breeding goats at 11 am, the judging began which showed Heaven Paquette awarded as the Grand Champion while Cheyenne Staples took home Reserve Champion honors.
Once the breeding goats had cleared the arena, the market goats took over. Cooper Fitzgerald with the Old Cayuga 4-H Club took home the Grand Champion’s award while Raegan Hill with the Neches FFA was awarded the Reserve Champion’s award.
Also in the market goats category, Slocum FFA’s Mary Kate Soucek captured the Senior Showmanship prize while the Junior Showmanship award went to Amanda Scheppler, with the Cayuga FFA.
Tuesday’s final event was Market Swine Judging. Raeleigh Taylor, with the HBC 4-H took home the Grand Champion’s award while Jayden Rampy was presented with the Reserve Champion’s award.
Also in the market swine category, Chad Phillip with the Old Cayuga 4-H was presented with the Senior Showmanship prize while the Junior Showmanship award went to Laramie Dickson, also with the Old Cayuga 4-H Club.
On Wednesday, April 17, the lamb judging began at 3:30 pm. Brycen Dorman, with the Old Cayuga 4-H Club, was awarded the Grand Champion’s prize while Neal Leslie, with the Elkhart FFA took home Reserve Champion’s honors.
Additionally in the market lambs category, Cheyenne Staples – representing the Cayuga FFA – was presented with the Senior Showmanship award while Peyton Sanders, with the Ioni Creek 4-H, won the Junior Showmanship prize.
The breeding heifer judging began at 5:30 pm and the results showed Megan Crawford winning Grand Champion in the non-registered heifers division while Jeb Chapin took home the Reserve Champion’s award. In addition, Scott Black was awarded the Junior Showmanship prize. All three award winners are from the Ioni Creek 4-H Club.
In the registered heifers division, Chad Phillip, representing the Old Cayuga 4-H Club was selected as Grand Champion while the Slocum FFA’s Andrew Abernathy was selected as Reserve Champion. In addition, Kyndal Chapin with the Ioni Creek 4-H was awarded the Senior Showmanship Prize.
After the heifers had cleared the ring, the steers were brought in. In the market steer category, Peyton Sanders, with the Cayuga FFA, was named as Grand Champion while Holden Bush, with the Elkhart FFA was named as the Reserve Champion.
Eli Grabiel with Ioni Creek 4-H was named the Jr. Steer Showmanship Champion.
It should be noted that showmanship was open only to Anderson County 4-H and FFA youth who meet the general rules and guidelines for exhibitors.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.