BEDFORD, Pa. — Another Bedford County Fair is in the books, and it will be a memorable one for those who worked hard to prep their animals for the show ring.
A 3-year-old Guernsey owned by 11-year-old Bella Gable took the supreme grand champion award in the open dairy show.
Grand champion market hog was owned and shown by Emily Valentine, 19.
Lane Myers and his 1,350-pound middle heavyweight black Angus won top market steer.
Top market lamb was shown by Heidi Barkley.
This year for the first time there were kitchens. Progress is being made toward a new goat and beef barn. A new hands-on learning center for fair visitors was opened.
The week culminated with the livestock auction raising $325,000, a slight drop from last year. Funds were added to the sale with a quilt made by the Coffee Pot Quilters, selling to the Cottle Homestead for $3,800.
Macy Walason Hands Over Crown
Working hard among all the award winners was the 2018 Fair Queen, Macy Walason. Her week began with handing the crown over to new queen Emily Clark who reigned over the many awards presented during the 2019 fair week.
Despite showing her own dairy Guernsey cows, market lambs and beef cattle, Macy spent the week taking classes at Penn State. Her major is agriculture, of course. She hopes to become an ag teacher and encourage young people in agriculture.
“I loved being the fair queen last year and handing out ribbons, trophies and banners to all those kids,” she said. “I just want them to become enthused about agriculture.”
Macy has been showing at the fair for 11 years, since she was old enough to hold a halter. When she was crowned queen, a lady came up to her and said she remembered Macy as a pee wee showman.
Showing is Macy’s strong point.
“I’ve been showing for so long at so many different places, it just comes natural,” she said.
She has showmanship banners and trophies from the Bedford County Fair, Pennsylvania Farm Show, All-American, and countless other fairs and exhibits.
“I practice long hours,” she said.
Each animal shows a little differently and it takes a lot of patience.
To help fund her college education, Macy has her own head of 50 Guernseys, about 20 crossbred beef cattle, and a flock of sheep.
For six years, Macy won the junior showmanship contest at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. At Bedford County this year, she showed the grand champion bull and the grand champion Simmental, and she was senior showman of the heifer show.
She was senior showman and master showman of the dairy beef show. In dairy, she won the senior showmanship and supreme dairy showmanship.
Being the fair queen in 2018 was an experience Macy will always relish and never forget.
“It helped me to grow personally,” she said.
She traveled 4,025 miles and attended 53 events.
“My entire family is always so supportive,” she added.
Her parents are Angelique and Jeff Walason. She has a brother, Tanner, who is always willing to help with clipping or grooming at the last minute. Aunt Alicia and cousins Kane and Noah Baker are also always there to help.
On sale day, Macy saw two of her steers and a market lamb sold to local businesses, Morral Farm Supply, Miller’s Recycling and Wilkins Farm Equipment.
The week following the fair, Macy was again going back and forth between Penn State and the Morrisons Cove Dairy show, where she won the senior showman award.
The top showmen at the Bedford County Fair were Kolton Reasy, who showed pigs and won supreme grand champion showman, Macy Walason, Emily Valentine and Trey Myers.
Ayrshire, summer yearling owned by Brady Morton.
Brown Swiss, a 3-year-old owned by Manor Meadows Farm and shown by Bob Stanton.
Holstein, a 4-year-old owned by Marlee Mearkle.
Milking Shorthorn, a 2-year-old owned by Manor Meadows Farm and shown by Bob Stanton.
Red and White, a 3-year-old owned by Justin Fisher.
Champion Guernsey and supreme dairy cow at the Bedford Fair was a senior 3-year-old owned and shown by Bella Gable from Snider Homestead Farm.
Junior Beef Breeding Champions
Angus, Owen Whitfield; Hereford, Keyan Guyer; Limousin, Madelyn Miller; Simmental (and champion), Macy Walason; Mini Hereford, Ben Cottle; crossbred, James Fisher.
Champion crossbred bull, Macy Walason.
Open Breeding Beef Champions
Angus, champion, Judy Clapper; reserve, Mason Guyer; Limousin, Madelyn Miller; Simmental, champion, Macy Walason; Mini Hereford, champion, Ben Cottle, reserve, Caylin Akers; crossbred, champion, James Fisher, reserve, Lane Myers. Champion crossbred bull, Macy Walason; reserve, Trey Nave.
Dairy Beef Champions
Grand champion and reserve, Hannah Bechtel.