Top swine honored at County Fair

Monday evening’s 4-H activities at the Chautauqua County Far in Dunkirk provided entertainment in the Warren K. Brown Show arena and at the Budweiser Grandstands. In the livestock arena, 4-H Hog project participants were ‘squealing’ with delight as they participated in Swine Market, Breeding and Showmanship Classes. Warren Beeler of Kentucky, recognized as a livestock judge nationally, judged the market and breeding classes on breed standards, finish and quality and the showmanship classes on handling and presentation.

The Show starts off with The Pen of Three Class this year Lilly Underberg took first place and Rachel Harper came in second.

The Showmanship classes consisted of four divisions and 73 youth. Senior Showman, being the most experienced showman, ended with Tony Paterniti in first and Kayla Nefedov in second. Among the Junior showmanship class, Braden Lesch took first and Steven Overend took second. For the First Year Senior Showman Rachel Nomes Anderson placed first and Allen McElwein was second. Lastly was the First Year Junior Showman class, in first was Lilly Underberg and in second was Austin Phillips. Earning the Division Champion and Reserve Titles also earned these participants entrance in the Champion Showman class. Kayla Nefedov earned the Grand Champion Showman title for 2012. Reserve Grand Champion went to Tony Paterniti.

Following the showmanship class was the market hog show. The market classes are divided into weight classes. The first weight class was the 220-229 pound class which was won by Jacob Short and followed by Holly Lehman in second. Next was the 230-239 pound class in first was Holly Lehman and in second was Derek Ecklund. After that was the 240-249 pound class which was Rachel Harper in first and Braden Lesch in second. The 250-259 pound class followed with Lilly Underberg in first and Patrick Kibbe took second. The last class was the heaviest hogs with a weight range of 260-270 pounds. Patrick Kibbe took first place and in second was Lilly Underberg.

Champion and Reserve Market Hogs from each weight class compete for the Grand Champion Market Hog title. Lilly Underberg won this honor and Patrick Kibbe received the Reserve Grand Champion award. 4-H Market Hog winners earned more than ribbons and trophies today.

The placings help 4-H members earn a sale position in the Meat Animal Sale scheduled for Friday at noon. Grand and Reserve market animals earn the first and second slots in the Hog portion of the Meat Animal Sale. Other 4-H members who have multiple animals in the 4-H Market Hog Project are required to sell only their top placing animal.

4-H Hog Project members work many hours preparing their animals for show and sale. To help show your support of Chautauqua County 4-H, attend the 4-H Meat Animal Sale on Friday at noon.

To get more information or fair passes to attend the sale, please call Emily Kidd at 450-3124.