Attendees of ’16 Livestock Extravaganza pack building
By CAROL KINSLEY
HARRINGTON, Del. (Aug. 2, 2016) — Four grand champions and four reserve champions among market animal breeds were chosen at the Livestock Extravaganza on July 26 at the Delaware State Fair.
All first and second place market animals in the beef cattle, goat, sheep and swine departments are eligible to participate in the competition, which is held in the Kent Building.
Family and friends jockeyed for seating space in the bleachers from which to view the young exhibitors as they paraded their animals around the show ring before the judges and the master of ceremonies, Michael Scuse, former Delaware ag secretary and now Acting Deputy Secretary of the USDA.
Showing the grand champion lamb was Madison Cook.
The reserve was shown by Alex Swan.
The Sammy Tatman Award also was given to the champion market lamb winner.
Kassidy Hearn showed the grand champion goat; Madison Cook, the reserve.
Peyton Ridgely exhibited the grand champion steer. Shelby Warren had the reserve.
The champion steer also received a special award in memory of Betty Palmer.
The grand champion hog was show by Drew Harris; the reserve by Madison Cook.
Four young people competed for overall livestock champion showman. Each was assigned, at random, one of four animals, one species at a time, to show before a judge.
Not all of the animals seemed eager to perform, or behave, for a stranger, but the competitors took it in stride, and if an animal got out of line, it was circled back into place.
The competitors were Shelby Warren, Ridge Betts, Miranda Hunter and Madison Cook. Miss Cook took the honors, as well as a silver cup and, as a special award, a jacket from Delmarva Auto Exchange.
In all, there had been 342 exhibitors with a total of 519 market animals at the fair — just market animals. Harry Raughley, Extravaganza committee chairman, said there were 17 steers, 198 hogs, 125 lambs and 187 goats entered.
He noted that many of the exhibitors were “city kids” showing animals raised as 4-H or FFA projects.
This is the second year in a row that Madison Cook has won overall livestock champion showman, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Mindy, who won the honor four times prior to last year’s competition, when Madison bested her. Their parents are Stephen and Kristen Cook of Newark.
In all, there had been 342 exhibitors with a total of 519 market animals at the fair — that’s just the market animals. Harry Raughley, Extravaganza committee chairman, said there were 17 steers, 198 hogs, 125 lambs and 187 goats entered. He noted that many of the exhibitors were “city kids” showing animals raised as 4-H or FFA projects.