County 4-Hers show livestock at state fair
By Becky Barclay
Published in News on October 25, 2010 1:52 PM
Wayne County's youths showed everything from turkeys, beef heifers and sheep to meat goats and market hogs at the State Fair in Raleigh this week.
A total of 37 youths competed in the shows, with 12 students representing Rosewood FFA and four representing Southern Wayne FFA.
The number was slightly higher than last year when 25 local students participated at the state fair.
Special awards went to Avery Faulkner, grand champion wethers senior showmanship, super showman for cattle and third place in senior showmanship for the circuit; Caleb Heath, super showman novice wethers and third place in novice showmanship for the circuit; Elizabeth Rowe, first place in her class for does and super showman for senior does; Marisa Linton, super showman senior wethers and super showman senior does; Alec Linton, super showman junior does; Taylor Glover, super showman junior wethers; Mary Dunn, super showman junior wethers; Daniel Dunn, super showman novice wethers and fourth in novice showmanship for the circuit; and Madison Grant, super showman senior does.
Wayne County had 13 youths showing turkeys at the State Fair turkey show in Raleigh. Several won awards.
Winners were Alec Linton, fifth; Daniel Dunn, eighth; Elizabeth Rowe, second; Gideon Linton, seventh; Isaac Linton, seventh; Marisa Linton, third; Mary Dunn, sixth; Matthew Simmons, third; Tara Simmons, third; and Wesley Simmons, second.
Also showing from Wayne County were Isaac Best, Lela Best and Sarah Best.
Others participating at the state fair were Sarah Price, Amanda Barefield, James Kelly, Paige Herring, Jessica Martin, Bradley Glover, Chris Carr, Virginia Simpson, Taylor Anderson, Holly Williford, Holly Heath, Jameson Blackman, Hunter Graham, Lauren Merritt, Chloee Lamb, Amanda Wheaton, Debra Oxford, Jordan Lindsay, John David Howard and Jacob Sauls.
"I think they all did great," 4-H agent Wallace Simmons said. "I was proud of how they worked with their animals and the interest they put into it."
He explained that it's more than just raising an animal. It's to develop youths.
"They learn about the livestock, but the main objective is to teach lifeskills to the youths and help them become more productive citizens," Simmons said. "We achieved those goals well this year with the youths' projects at the state fair."