8/25/2012 7:00 AM
By Joyce Zimmerman Southeastern Pa. Correspondent
KUTZTOWN, Pa. — As in previous years, the overall showmanship contest held Friday evening, Aug. 17, at the Kutztown Fair drew a crowd of spectators and closed a busy week of livestock shows featuring dairy, swine, dairy beef, goats, sheep and beef animals.
To receive the overall showmanship honors, contestants need to receive the highest number of points from six different judges while showing an animal of each species.
According to officials, the contest is very difficult because it requires contestants to show animals that are unfamiliar to them, which demands excellent showmanship ability.
At the close of the competition, 18-year-old Kristen Folk received the highest number of points and emerged the winner. Folk, who earlier in the week was named champion showman in the goat show, is a graduate of Fleetwood High School and plans to study veterinary technology at Manor College in Jenkintown.
Rachel Stafford, who earlier in the week received the beef show champion showman award, received the reserve overall title. Stafford, 19, is in her second year at Penn Tech, where she is studying horticulture.
Others participating in the overall competition included Andy Younker, dairy champion; Phillip Stutzman, dairy beef and swine champion; and Nicole Lynch, sheep champion.
The six judges in the event were each an expert in a different animal species. After rating the five contestants, points were added to determine overall winners.
Ron Miller, local farmer, showman and PDA employee, judged the contestants while they showed swine, followed by local farmer and beef judge Kristy Dietrich.
Other judges included Roger Bowman, sheep farmer; Jen Neiman, teacher and former goat showman; Kelly Dietrich, local farmer and dairy beef judge; and Keith Buch, local 4H leader and dairy competition judge.