Roberto Rodriguez – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Not only is it the first week back from winter break, but it’s also the first week of the Manatee County Fair. The LRHS FFA chapter has many livestock projects entering the fairgrounds this week, such as dairy, swine, rabbit, and plant projects. Student exhibitors have been preparing for months, training, feeding, and grooming their projects for the Manatee County Fair livestock competition.
Freshman Dallas Rodriguez stated, “I couldn’t be more excited for this year’s 2018 fair. Mostly because my swine livestock project shows signs of a champion. This year I named my pig Bubba. He weighed 293 lbs. and placed second in his class in the show category.”
Throughout this whole week, students had show and showmanship competitions for both dairy and swine exhibits. Showmanship involved students judged on their ability to control their animal, whereas show judges the animal itself. This is where exhibitors have the ability to be crowned Grand or Reserved Grand Champion.
“This is my ninth year of show at the Manatee County fair,” said senior Kylie Duquette. “This week I showed my dairy heifer named Coco. Although we don’t sell dairy animals for auction like the swine projects, we still participate in showmanship and show. Sadly, this will be my last year showing and I really want to make the most out of my senior year. As for next week, I check in my steer that will be sold for auction,”
The first week of the Manatee County Fair will end with the swine and plant auction on Saturday, Jan. 13. Then the following week will begin with steer and heifer check on Monday, Jan. 15.