Area 4-H winners at Fulton County Fair 10.01

Written by David Green.

Dairy and Beef

Mariah Bovee, Reserve Champion Beef Breeding.

Sarah Kovar, Champion Female two years and older, Dairy Feeder Calves Showmanship 16.

Kalley Martin, Holstein Grand Champion Dairy Cow, Holstein Sr. Champion Female.

Ben Kovar, Sr. Dairy Feeder Calves Showmanship 17 and over.

Jena Myers, Dairy Feeder Calves Showmanship 13-14.

Joel Smith, Dairy Feeder Calves Showmanship 12.

Levi Seiler, Beef Feeder Calves Showmanship 9, Beef Steers Showmanship 10 and under.

Austin Krieger, third place rate-of-gain steer.

Courtney Krieger, fifth place rate-of-gain steer.

Dylan Henricks, third place rate-of-gain carcass.

Arrin Short, fourth place rate-of-gain carcass.


Andrea Allan, Gilt Champion Heavy Weight Hog, Overall Grand Champion Hog.


Jordan Simon, Reserve Champion Fancy Poultry.


Jessie Torres, Sr. Showmanship 16 or older.

Christian Renner, showmanship 9.


Rebecca Rash, Reserve Champion Dairy Goat Wet, Reserve Champion Dairy Doe Dry, Sr. Showmanship Dairy Goats, Showman of Showmen Representative, second place rate-of-gain.


Sarah Kovar, Grand Champion Market Lamb, Ewe lamb Sheep Breeding, Junior Sheep Flock, Grand Champion Breed Ewe.

Ben Kovar, Sr. Showmanship 18 and older, Yearling Ewe Sheep Breeding, Reserve Champion Breed Ewe.

Rachel Seiler, Showmanship 17.

MacKenzie Fruchey, Reserve Champion Market Lamb, Showmanship 16.

Lauren Keefer, Showmanship 14.

Jerad Seiler, Showmanship 11.

Cole Burkholder, Aged Ewe Sheep Breeding.

Clay Burkholder, Sr. Division Sheep Skill-a-thon.

Casen Burkholer, Jr. Division Sheep Skill-a-thon, Outstanding Sheep Exhibitor.


Amber Gordon, English Showmanship.


Jon Boesger, Outstanding Woodworking Project.


Franklin Blue Ribbons, first place 4-H Booth Contest.

Country Club 4-H, third place 4-H Booth contest.

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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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