EC FFA County Fair Results By: Megan Stavena


            FFA members made their mark exhibiting animals and projects at the annual Wharton County Youth Fair earlier this month. Many of the competitions took nearly a year to bring to completion with students working on projects or caring for animals on a daily basis.

“I started working on my tractor in mid August and have dealt with many struggles, but its all worth it in the end,” said junior Ryder Merta, an ag mechanic exhibitor.

            Every year is a clean slate and in 2018 numerous awards were won.

“We plan to improve every year and be the best we can be,” said Macey Abke, a market hog exhibitor.

Each new fair season creates a new challenge.

“My last year showing was a good year, but I wished I could’ve improved with my projects and done better,” said senior Haley Strnadel.

Caring for the animals takes perhaps the greatest commitment by participants who must care for living creatures that may or may not be cooperative.

“Showing a pen of three isn't as easy as everyone expects it to be. There's a lot of hard work and commitment to those animals,” said freshman Cale Otradovsky.

And then there’s the joy with simply doing a good job.

“Winning my class felt good, but it’s a feeling you have to experience with showing,” said junior Bryar Blair, a heifer and dairy exhibitor.

The following is a listing of results.

            At the dairy heifer show in class 1 Cara Korenek received first. In class 2 Erin Jeffery won first, Abby Anderson won second, and Zac Collins won third. Class 3 Abby Anderson won first. Class 6 Bryar Blair won first and heifer champion, Dustie Koudela won second and heifer reserve champion, and Cara Korenek won third. Class 8 Robyn Jeffery won first. Showing dairy cows were Bethani Gold in class 1 winning first place. Class 2 Cara Korenek won first and reserve cow champion and Abby Anderson won second. Class 3 Abby Anderson won first and champion cow. Overall in the dairy show Abby Anderson won dairy champion and Cara Korenek won reserve dairy champion. In Sr. showmanship Robyn Jeffery won champion, Zachary Collins won reserve, and Bryar Blair won third. In dairy merit Robyn Jeffery won second showman and Dustie Koudela won third showman.

            At the Jr. breeding beef show showing a Brahman, Hannah McCord won first. Showing a Red Brahman, Trenda Ridgeway won second and Dustie Koudela won third. As for Beefmaster show Haley Strnadel won first in her class and Savannah Eggemeyer won first and champion Beefmaster. Showing a Red Brangus, Riley Rodriguez won reserve champion. Showing Santa Gertrudis, Taylor Watz won first in her class and Blair Watz won champion Santa Gertrudis and champion American. Showing a Simbrah, Madison Rose won second in her class. Showing Red Angus, Madison Rose won champion Red Angus and champion English. Showing a Charolais, Justin Davlin won champion Charolais and champion continental. Overall Jr. breeding beef champion was won by Blair Watz.

            At the goat show this year in class 1 Haley Burrow won fourteenth in her class. In class 2 Madison Ledwig won tenth in her class. Class 3 Erin Jeffery won first and grand champion, Kalyn Jones won forth, Kayla Bolfing won fifth, Savannah Eggemeyer won eighth and champion Sr. showman, and Bethani Gold won tenth. Class 4 Paxton Ellis won sixth, Meredith Gold won eighth, and Anna Kight won twelfth. Class 5 Luc Marcaurele won fifth and Kennedy Klatt won eighth.

            In the Pen of Three show open heifers, Taylor Watz won reserve champion, Carli Rawlinson won tenth, and Madison Rose won seventeenth. In the bred heifer show Blair Watz won champion bred, champion overall, and fifth interview, James McAda won twelfth and third interview, and Cara Korenek won twenty-first and second interview.

            At the commercial heifer show in the ABC breeds, class 2 Jorge Hernandez won seventh. Showmanship Blair Watz won fifth and second Sr. showman, Taylor Watz second, Haley Strnadel fifth, Makensie Till won seventh and sixth Sr. showman, Savannah Eggemeyer won third, Rebecca McCord won fourth, Malyn Wood won fifth, and Luc Marcaurele won eighth. For the AOB breeds, class 2 Cara Korenek won first, champion AOB heifer, and third in Sr. showmanship. In class three Megan Stavena won fifth. Class 4 Bryar Blair won first and Justin Davlin won third.

            At the steer show for ABC breeds, in class 1 Justin Davlin won second. Class 2 Savannah Eggemeyer won third and champion Sr. showmanship. In class 4 Edmund Weinheimer won fourth. In the AOB steer show, class 3 Sydney Slattery won second and Robyn Jeffery won third. In class 4 Kody Martin won fourth and Eli McCord won fifth.

            The lamb show, class 1 Makensie Till won first, reserve champion, and reserve champion showmanship. Class 2 Amerie Melendez won sixth. For lamb showmanship in class 3, Savannah Eggemeyer won third and champion Sr. showman.

            At the horse show Haley Strnadel won fourth in the halter class, second in Sr. showmanship, first in Sr. trail, fourth in Sr. western pleasure, and third in Sr. horsemanship.

            The rabbit show, Ryan Williamson won tenth and Sr. showmanship, Anna Kight won thirty-fourth, Clay Davlin won forty-third, and Kennedy Klatt won fiftieth.

            In the market hog show, class 1 Madison Rose won first and fifth place Sr. showman, Jerrid Berglund won second, Edmund Weinheimer won fifth, and Deon Fry won tenth. In class 2 Georgia Priesmeyer won fourth, Jace Volden won ninth, and Brooke Jefferson won tenth. In class 3 Makensie Till won second and reserve champion Sr. showman, Zachary Collins won fourth, and Kinsley Cerny won ninth. In class 4 Kalyn Jones won seventh. In class 6 Cara Korenek won second. In class 6 Abbie Weinheimer won second and fourth place showman and Justin Davlin won tenth.

            At the roaster show, Brittany Baker won reserve champion and fourth place showmanship, Aribel Zarate won fourth place, and Kennedy Couvillion won fifth. At the broiler show Chelsea Ott won twenty-fifth and Sr. champion showman.

            For the Ag Mechanic show, Ryder Merta placed first in show equipment with a shop table, Justin Davlin placed first in truck accesories with his rear bumper, Colton Pietsch and Cole Riha placed second in the wildlife class with their hog trap with a trigger gate, and Makensie Till and Kamryn till won second in the livestock equipment class with their bulk shelf feeder with a shingle roof. At the tractor restoration show Ryder Merta placed second and reserve champion with his 1949 John Deere B and second place tractor showman, Riley Drabek placed third with his 1946 John Deere LA and first place tractor showman, and John Nelson placed first and grand champion with his Farmall Super A and third place in tractor showman.

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