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Livestock winners showed off at Rowan County Fair

By Morgan Watts

Rowan Cooperative Extension

The Rowan County Fair this year was one to remember. With close to 300 head of livestock being shown in a weeks’ time, it was busy but worth it. All of the kids’ hard work paid off.

We definitely have a great group of livestock kids in Rowan County. No fair would be complete without a little recognition for all of their hard work. Below are some placing and highlights of the fair for the livestock shows.

The dairy goat show kicked off the fair. We had close to 150 dairy goats being shown. We started with showmanship, with peewee, junior, intermediate and senior divisions. Winning those divisions, respectively, were Grace Powlas, Laney Moore, Ethan Johnson and Noah Johnson. We also had a dress up/costume division where Grayce Moore took first. In the dairy goat portion of the show, Laney Moore had the junior doe of the show and Maddie Noble had the senior dow of the show.

We also had our third year of the 4-H Broiler project. Winners in the weight class: first, Talton Correll; second, Rowan Researchers 4-H Club; third, Ady Medley; fourth,Taylor Miller. In the uniformity and conformation division: first, Ady Medley; second, Talton Correl; third, Rowan Researchers 4-H Club; fourth, Taylor Miller. Grand Champion overall was Talton Correll, and Reserve Champion was Rowan Researchers 4-H Club.

The next round of shows was the Breeding Ewe, Market Goat and Market Lamb shows. We had around 150 animals exhibited for these shows.

In the Breeding Ewe show, Champion Dorset Ewe was Emry Starnes, and Reserve Champion was Lauren Hayes. In the Katahdin show, Champion Ewe was Mary-Lynn Overcash and Reserve was Aiden Best. In the Hampshire Show, Grand was Lydia Wilson and Reserve was South Rowan FFA.

In the Shropshire Division, Talton Correll had Grand and Reserve Champion. South Rowan FFA had Grand and Reserve Champion in the Southdown and Suffolk division. Last but not least, in the Commercial Division, Grand was Abigail Wilson and Reserve was Cindy Connolly. Winning Supreme ewe in the ewe show was Abigail Wilson, and Reserve Supreme ewe was Lydia Wilson.

In the Market Goat show, we had a showmanship division with a peewee, junior, intermediate and senior division. Winners of those were Tinley Summitt, Emry Starnes, Josie Correll and Lauren Hayes respectively. Cindy Connolly took home Grand Champion Market Goat, and Lauren Hayes took home Reserve Champion Market Goat. In the Breeding Doe show, Zack Reber had Grand and Reserve Champion. In the sheep/goat costume contest, first was Baylee Hampton; second was Anna Marie Overcash and Maggie Jane Deal; and third was Aiden Best.

In the Market Lamb show, Lauren Hayes took home Grand Champion and Abigail Wilson took home Reserve Champion.

The last show of the fair was the Dairy Cattle show. We had close to 80 head exhibited. Colby Menius had Supreme Champion, and Reserve Supreme Champion was Valerie Langley. We also had a showmanship division for the dairy cattle. First in peewee was Bryson Baldwin. First in Junior was Owen Hoffner. First in intermediate was Josie Correll. First in Senior was Austin Baker. Supreme Showman was also Austin Baker, and Reserve Supreme Showman was Colby Menius.

Even though it was a long and tiring week, the fair was a blast and I can’t wait for next year. Congratulations to all of the winners and participants! If you see them around, make sure you tell them congratulations.

Morgan Watts, livestock and field crops agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service,  Rowan County Center, 2727-A Old Concord Rd, Salisbury.http://rowan.ces.ncsu.edu 704-216-8970.

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