HUNTINGDON, Pa. — Low humidity and mild temperatures provided ideal conditions for evaluating more than 1,500 livestock entries from Huntingdon County participants during the first three days of the 2013 Huntingdon County Fair, which wrapped up on Aug. 10.
Judging commenced Sunday, with breeding beef, goat and youth rabbit shows.
In the rabbit show, 9-year-old Nathan Soder of Petersburg exhibited the grand champion meat pen with his three New Zealand rabbits. Brittany Morgan, 18, of Orbisonia, exhibited the reserve champion meat pen.
Katrina McDonald, 15, of McVeytown, Mifflin County, won best doe in show with her Californian, which also won Monday’s open show. Brooke Emery of Alexandria, Huntingdon County, was champion showman.
In the combined 10-hour-long dairy and market goat shows, a 4-year-old Nubian exhibited by Megan Forgy, 17, of Spruce Creek, took best doe in show honors. Abbey Cresswell, 16, of Cassville, took grand champion market goat with her Boer. Chely Miller of Petersburg took reserve. Haylee Riley, 11, of Marklesburg, was champion showman.
Cristina Kern of Cassville exhibited supreme champion beef female with her crossbred 3-year-old cow/calf pair.
Aug. 5 featured the youth dairy show. Supreme champion female was an Ayrshire exhibited by Daniele Varner, 16, of Shirleysburg. Owen Kauffman, of McAlevy’s Fort, showed the reserve supreme, a Holstein. Darren Forgy, of Mount Union, was champion showman.
Aug. 6 featured the hog, open dairy and breeding and market sheep shows.
Kern also exhibited grand champion market hog, a 276-pound crossbred that was the heavyweight champion. Kelsey Dysard of Huntingdon showed the reserve champion, a 279-pound crossbred.
Casey Carowick, 18, of southern Huntingdon County, was champion showman and received the Harold Cameron Award, given in honor of the longtime Huntingdon Area High School agriculture instructor to an exhibitor who demonstrates promotion and showing of hogs.
Supreme champion in the open dairy show went to the Holstein champion exhibited by Timothy Peachey of McAlevy’s Fort. Reserve supreme went to the Jersey champion exhibited by Mary Martz, Centre Hall.
Danielle Varner, Shirleysburg, exhibited the grand champion Ayrshire; Scott Jones, Neelyton, exhibited the grand champion Brown Swiss; Darren Forgy, McVeytown, exhibited the grand champion Guernsey; Jessica Heeter, Shade Gap, exhibited the grand champion Milking Shorthorn; and Bradley Coffman, Petersburg, exhibited the grand champion Red and White.
Premier breeder and premier exhibitor was awarded to the Tim Peachey family of Laurel Run Farms, McAlevy’s Fort.
Ella McGargle of Petersburg showed the supreme champion ewe, a Corriedale, and Ian Steward of James Creek showed supreme champion ram, a Katahdin. Grand champion market lamb went to the 136-pound heavyweight champion crossbred owned by Alex Schultz, 11, Cassville, and reserve to the 126-pound middleweight champion Nick Brumbaugh, 9, of James Creek.