At the NC State Fair, held October 11-21 in Raleigh, numerous young people from Stokes and Forsyth counties competed and brought home awards.
Nine Forsyth County youth and 28 Stokes County youth exhibited livestock in the junior shows. In addition, 12 people from Forsyth showed in the Special Livestock Show and one person from Stokes.
Special exhibitors from Forsyth include: Sarah Ashby of Kernersville, Tiffany Boyd of Winston-Salem, German Garcia from Kernersville, Kylin John of Pfafftown, Paul Ketner of Germanton, Lavinia Ocasio Navarro from Winston-Salem, Dessmundd Petch of Winston-Salem, Brad and Chad Pettitt of Rural Hall, Charlene Seat of Winston-Salem, Emily Thomason of Kernersville and Morgan Wood of Winston-Salem. The Special Exhibitor from Stokes County was Mike Smith. Mike helped start the Special Show at the NC State Fair, Dixie Classic Fair and the Stokes County Fair. He recently celebrated his 50th birthday and was awarded the “Ambassador of the Barn” award from the NC Cattlemen’s Association.
Youth exhibiting dairy goats at the fair included brothers Eli, Lucas and Bubba Bell of Pfafftown. Bubba was selected as the Grand Champion Peewee Dairy Goat Showman, Lucas earned first place in Peewee showmanship and Eli was the Grand Champion Intermediate Showman. Eli also earned Grand Champion with his Alpine Doe named “Cider.” Lucas earned the Champion Junior Recorded Grade Doe award with “Ally” and the Reserve Champion Recorded Grade Doe with “Noodle.”
In the Junior Beef Heifer Show, Clara Fishel of Kernersville earned first placed with her Hereford Steer, second in the Jr. Market Steer Show and two seconds with her heifers. Her sister Melanie also earned two seconds with her heifers. Younger brother Wesley earned third place in the Junior Showmanship competition and first place with his heifer. Jessica Armstrong of Walnut Cove earned a second and a sixth place with her Hereford Heifers. Lynae Bowman of Germanton earned the title of Grand Champion All Other Breeds Heifer with her heifer, “Lizzy Beth,” who is a Chimaine. She also earned first place with her Chiangus Heifer calf, “Lollipop,” and earned third in Junior Beef Showmanship.
Drew Bray of Lawsonville earned first place in the Senior Plus Beef Showmanship competition, as well as a first and a second place with his Angus heifers, a first with his Simmental heifer and a third with his commercial heifer. Joshua Bray of Walnut Cove earned first with both his Simmental heifer calf and his yearling Simmental heifer who was selected as the Grand Champion overall. Bailey Durham of Danbury earned first place with her All Other Breeds Heifer as well as a fifth with her commercial heifer. She also earned third place in Junior Showmanship. Allison Hartman of Walnut Cove earned a third place with her commercial heifer while her cousin Brandon earned the title of Grand Champion Red Angus Heifer and was fourth with his market steer.
Bryan Hartman earned third place with his Red Angus heifer and with his market steer. Karly Johnson, also of Walnut Cove, earned first and third places with her Angus heifers as well as third in Intermediate Beef Showmanship. Placing third with her commercial heifer and fourth with her Shorthorn heifer was Taylor Shouse of Walnut Cove. Abby Tilley of Lawsonville exhibited a commercial heifer that placed sixth. She also earned third prize in the junior beef showmanship competition. Her brother Ethan placed fifth with his commercial heifer. Their older sister, McKenzie, placed first with her Simmental heifer and was also third in Junior Showmanship. Austin Winberg of Walnut Cove earned first with his Shorthorn Heifer and third with his Hereford heifer while placing third in Intermediate Showmanship.
Victoria Heller of Kernersville earned third place with her feeder calf and Nicholas Odell of Winston-Salem competed in the Junior Dairy Cattle Costume Class. In the Junior Sheep Show, Lorena Albee of Walnut Cove earned the Junior Champion All Other Meat Breeds Ewe award. Jessica Armstrong earned several ribbons with her ewes including a fourth and a sixth. Kayla Birkholz of King earned an eighth with her Jr. Ewe as did her sister Sarah. Their brother Tanner earned a sixth with his ewe. Lynae Bowman earned a fifth with her ewe and a seventh with her market lamb. Adam Brown also exhibited in the Jr. Commercial Ewe Show and earned a sixth place with his Market Lamb. His sister Rachel earned eighth and ninth with her ewe and 10th place with both of her market lambs. Tyler Dominy, also of Walnut Cove, earned fourth and seventh with his ewes.
Allie Flinchum of Walnut Cove earned 13th and 14th with her commercial ewes and sixth and ninth with her market lambs. Brandon Hartman earned 11th with his junior commercial ewe and his brother Bryan earned 13th. Also representing Walnut Cove was Maggie Jones who earned second with her Dorset Ewe and ninth and 14th with her market lambs. Clayton Leonard of Madison earned seventh and 10th with his commercial ewes, 11th and 13th with his market lambs and third in novice showmanship. Kali Mabe of Sandy Ridge earned a sixth and 16th in the Jr. Commercial ewe show. Mary Scott, also of Sandy Ridge, earned 11th and 12th with her Jr. Commercial Ewes and sixth and 11th with her Jr. Market Lambs.
Placing second and third with her Jr. Market Goat Wethers was Kali Mabe. She also placed second, third and fifth in the Jr. Commercial Meat Goat show and earned third in Junior Showmanship. Emma Stanbery of Lawsonville exhibited the 10th and 14th place Jr. Market Wether goats. Her sister Josie placed ninth and 13th. In the Junior Market Hog show, Adam Brown of Walnut Cove earned third place in novice showmanship and ninth with his hog.