4-H, FFA members exhibit at the Georgia National Fair

Published 11:17 am Tuesday, November 23, 2010

AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR from the Decatur County 4-H program are, from the left, front, Carlton Lynn, Lexi Delbrey, Chloe Vuncannon, Taylor Barber, Miller Hayes and Griffin Long; back, Heath Parker, Chelsea Lynn, Taylor Mills, Audrey Anderson and Megan Kelley. Not pictured are Kelly Erving, Asia Erving, Grant Easom, Taylor Strickland, Nolan Lovering, Will Bius, Hannah Bius, Bo Bailey, Cabe Rathel, Ivey Heard, Jason Long and Macy Phillips.

4-H and FFA show team members competed at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga., which was held Oct. 8-16.

All exhibitors represented Decatur County well as they competed in their respective showmanship and classes for lambs, cattle and swine.

Lamb exhibitors shined as they participated at the fair.

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Kelly Erving won sixth and seventh place with her lambs in weight class.

Asia Erving placed first, fourth and sixth with her lambs in weight class.

Cattle exhibitors competed in showmanship and the steer and/or heifer shows at the Georgia National Fair.

Will Bius placed first in class with his heifer and was Simmental Reserve Champion.

Hannah Bius placed second in class with her commercial heifer.

Chelsea Lynn placed ninth in eighth-grade showmanship and fifth in commercial heifer class.

Carlton Lynn placed first in commercial heifer class.

Grant Easom placed third with his commercial heifer.

Bringing home second-place honors in steer class was Nolan Lovering. Bo Bailey placed second with his Maine-Anjou steer and second with his Chi-Influence steer. Bo excelled as he won Reserve Champion Chi-Influence Steer.

Taylor Strickland encountered stiff competition in the Chi-Influence heifer class and commercial heifer class.

Swine exhibitors enjoyed a weekend in Perry as they competed respectfully in the breeding gilt, commercial gilt, and/or market hog show along with the showmanship competition.

Decatur County exhibitors represented exceptionally with numerous top 10 class placings.

Jason Long placed fifth in his purebred Yorkshire class and fifth, eighth-place with his market barrow, and fifth place in market gilt class.

Griffin Long placed first in his commercial gilt class, fifth in his purebred Yorkshire class, and eighth in market hog class. Griffin Long also placed sixth in fifth-grade showmanship.

Taylor Barber placed fifth in third/fourth-grade showmanship and eighth with her commercial gilt.

Audrey Anderson placed third in commercial gilt class.

Megan Kelley received sixth-place honors with both her February Hampshire gilt and March Hampshire gilt. Kelley also placed seventh in showmanship.

Macy Phillips was ninth in her purebred Yorkshire gilt class.

Chloe Vuncannon was ninth in commercial gilt class and third in market hog class.

Ivy Heard brought home first place in market hog class and ninth in showmanship.

Taylor Mills was third place in 11th-grade showmanship.

Cabe Rathel was third in showmanship and second and ninth in class.

Lexie Delbrey won third-place honors in barrow market hog class.

Miller Hayes won first-place honors in the April Duroc class and was also named Reserve Champion Duroc.

Bringing home first-place showmanship honors was Heath Parker in sixth-grade showmanship. Parker also placed seventh in purebred Yorkshire gilt class, 10th in commercial gilt class, and sixth place with his barrow market hog. Parker was also first place in market hog gilt class and was awarded Champion Division with his market hog gilt.

These 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors represent Decatur County as part of the Bainbridge Show Team as they take part in livestock shows over the south. As a result of their participation, these youth gain character traits including responsibility, caring and fairness among others, and certainly the reward of hard-work and dedication.

In addition, they practice numerous life skills including teamwork, self motivation, self esteem, critical thinking, decision making, goal setting, cooperation and communication. Congratulations to each student for their accomplishment!